34 Church Street, Wiveliscombe, Somerset , TA4 2LT
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Somerset Fireplace Restoration
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The Inglenook (literally meaning chimney corner) fireplace generally came into being in the mid-late 16th century. The exceptions were for very wealthy properties such as castles, monasteries and the like. Many of these had Inglenook Fireplaces up to a century before.
The early origins of the Inglenook fireplace can be traced back as far as the 12th century. In this period the fireplace was moved from its central location to a perimeter wall. The fireplace eventually began to be enclosed by side walls and covered with smoke hoods with large hearths to burn big logs and benches (sitting places).
The open fireplace was the only means of heating, cooking and damp control within a house right up until the 19th Century. In the 19th Century cast iron cooking and heating appliances were introduced into the homes of those who could afford them, but the poor still relied on their fireplaces for day to day survival.
Whilst many fireplaces will appear to look alike, each one is in fact unique - although it is quite common for similar styles of original fireplaces to be found throughout Somerset and Devon. With each restoration or renovation project we undertake an investigation to reveal evidence to enable us to re-create the fireplace to its original splendour.
Our expertise, which has developed over the years therefore enables us to choose materials which are not only as close-a-match-as-possible to those used in the original construction, but which are also characteristic of the area.
When renovating your fireplace, we use lime mortars and carefully selected reclaimed bricks, stone and timber beams to ensure full authenticity in our restoration work. Great care is taken to ensure structural integrity and to replicate period designs.