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Victorian Fireplaces
Victorian Period Reproduction Style in Cast Iron

The Victorian period in England lasted from the mid-1830s to the beginning of the 20th century and was a time of great change, expansion and social upheaval. Because of the rapid spread of mass-production methods more and cheaper goods were available to buy by an ever wider market. Also, the growing English middle class valued their social status very highly and this was reflected in the design and décor of their homes. New materials like cast iron became very popular - it was the trendy material of its day. Manufactured by pouring molten pig iron into a mould in casting sand, it seemed that almost anything could be made by this dynamic new process. Cast iron could be said to be one of the driving forces of Victorian design and the Industrial Revolution.

Victorian Fireplace - the Tregaron, a combination fireplace in cast iron

THE TREGARON
An all-in-one cast iron combination fireplace in a highlighted black finish with typical Victorian scrolled decoration

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Cast iron is both heavy and durable and was widely used to manufacture gates, fences, railings, chairs, benches, tables, urns and planters - particularly as garden furniture - a trend that has seen a revival in recent years. Hence the growth of a lively trade in antiques and in reproductions of antique cast iron manufactured goods.

It all began in Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, when Abraham Darby arrived from Bristol in the latter part of the 18th century to set up one of the earliest industrial settlements; it became the first 'modern' ironworks, powered by water, coal and steam and fired by Darby's great blast furnace. At one time, this little settlement in Shropshire produced a quarter of all Britain's iron. It was also here that Darby constructed the world's first all cast iron bridge (hence, 'Ironbridge') now recognised as a World Heritage Centre and a Mecca for students of the Industrial Revolution.

Another distinctive feature of the Victorian house would be its cast iron fireplaces. Often ornate and ostentatious, frequently little more than imitations and reproductions of earlier period styles, they were the centrepieces of the domestic setting. Most surviving Victorian houses still boast one or two, especially in bedrooms, where the Combination Fireplace, an all-in-one piece, was favourite. Every known style, from the Gothic to Rococo period was revived, in new and ever more unusual combinations - sometimes a hotchpotch of many styles in one piece.

The galway: a Victorian Cast Iron Reproduction Fireplace

THE GALWAY
An ornate Tiled Insert Fireplace in typical Victorian cast iron styling - shown here with a pine mantel and slabbed tiled hearth.

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Tiles were especially popular for floor areas in halls and kitchens, and decorative refractory tiles, or tube-lined tiles, were often inset into cast iron fireplaces or in hearths. Victorian tiles were usually very highly patterned, and William Morris was probably one if its greatest exponents, his decorative arts prompting the beginning of what came to be known as the English Arts & Crafts Movement - a style now much sought after.

Ever more eager to discover the latest styles and fashions, the Victorians pored over the many new 'lifestyle' magazines in which the very latest and modern household goods were illustrated. They also flocked to the numerous interior design and manufactured design exhibitions that seemed to abound at that time. The Great Exhibition of 1851 at Paxton's Crystal Palace in Hyde Park was especially popular and was a major showcase for contemporary design of the period, which heralded a new age in British design.

So, to the present day. It is with great pride and pleasure that we at CastIronFires introduce our range of quality reproduction Victorian cast iron fireplaces and stoves to a wider public. The attention to accurate detailing in our arched insert and tiled insert fireplaces is impressive and has to be seen to be believed - we strongly recommend you look at some of our large format images of examples in our online Gallery. Our range is extensive so that we feel that we can offer a choice to suit virtually everybody's taste and pocket. They hark back to a day when cast iron was the choice of the day - material that is rapidly re-emerging as the choice for modern and period interiors. We also offer a range of hearth tiles and inset tiled panels, including transfer printed and tube-lined in a variety of styles including several original Morris prints. We are confident that once you have shopped with us at CastIronFires, you simply won't bother to go elsewhere!


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