Victorian Fireplace UK

Victorian Fireplaces are UK fireplace manufacturers and stockists of Original and Reproduction Cast Iron Fireplaces, mantels, tile sets and fireplace accessories. We also offer a restoration service for Cast Iron Fireplaces, Marble Fireplaces and Wooden Mantels.

Cast Iron Fireplaces were first introduced in the eighteenth century as hob grates, then register grates that gave heat control for the first time and then as the more familiar cast iron fireplace inserts and combination fireplaces in later Victorian times.

Victorian England became the first mass consumer society. The wealth of the Victorians grew rapidly with industrialisation and the middle classes took great pride in their homes choosing furnishings that had previously been enjoyed by the upper classes.

The Victorian age drawing room or parlour was the most spacious room in the Victorian house typically crammed full of furniture and with every surface covered in ornaments. This "High Victorian Style" was a natural progression, begun in the Regency period, towards embellishment creating rooms that were impressive yet comfortable.

The fireplace which was the focus of the room, became increasingly ornate as the Victorian age progressed. Arched fireplace inserts with marble or slate chimney pieces came into fashion and the fireplace mantel shelves became wider and were covered in clocks and ornaments.

Complete cast iron combination fireplaces and fireplaces with tiles on sliders were introduced late in Victorian times. The tile panels became even larger with the introduction of the Canopy on Legs. The canopy on legs dispensed with a cast iron frame for the tiles. The tiles were cast into their own panels and these were then placed on either side of the canopy at an angle depending on the size of the mantle surrounding the whole ensemble.

Fireplaces made in the "Arts and Crafts" style are less ornate. Natural forms dominate and abstract patterns were limited to borders and backgrounds. Copper handcrafted fireplace inserts influenced by the "Arts and Crafts" movement were also often found in larger homes.

The Art Nouveau style characterised by long curving lines based on sinuous plant forms, often referred to as whiplash lines, was still popular at the start of the twentieth century but fell out of favour before the first World War. Art Nouveau fireplace have these undulating decoration on the cast iron. Tiles on tile sliders were still common.

At the start of the Edwardian Era most fireplaces were still cast iron frames incorporating tilesets on sliders on either side, usually with a mantlepiece made from slate, pine or deal. Tile panels which had become even larger with the introduction of the Canopy on Legs became very popular

What fuels am I allowed to burn on my open fire?

You cannot burn wood or coal on an open fire in a smokeless zone.

Your local authority can tell you whether you live in a smokeless zone.


back filling

the cavity behind any fireplace is properly filled
and sloped off
so anything faling down chimny rolls into the grate and does not get trapped in the chimney

How to do it

fill with non combustible material such as building rubble. It should be capped with a weak mixture of sand and cement 5 to 1


Can you fit tiles in a cast iron fireplace insert from the front

No. It's far too fiddly.first you have to remove the tiles from the front which are secured with bonding plaster - this can only be done by smashing them out

you risk breaking the cast iron tile carriers if you do this making your fireplace knackered and useless.

If you manage this then you will to have to slide the bottom three tiles into the slider at the bottom and secure them. You then have to put the top tile in and slide it up out of the way. The missing fourth tile must then be slid in and the top tile then dropped down.

The top tiles can only be secured by getting at the back of the tiles via the opening in the fireplace. This is tricky dirty and stupid.

It is much easier to remove the fireplace from the wall and do the job properly.


Can you remove the fireplace insert without removing the mantel that surrounds it from the wall.

No, of course you can't. The fireplace is bigger than the mantel opening unless it is a canopy on legs with large tile panels.




More information is available from
The Solid Fuel Association

How can I get paint off a cast iron grate?
Don't use heat: the metal may crack under sudden localised changes of temperature.

Use a proprietary paint stripper such as Nitromors.

Scrape off the softened paint with plastic or wooden spatulas, and work on fine detail with a nylon-bristle brush.

Clean the bare metal with white spirit (not water, which might encourage rust to form).

What is the best finish for a cast iron grate?
Use Liberon Iron Paste or Zebo polish (available from paint shops, ironmongers and DIY stores). Apply the polish sparingly and buff up the surface with lots of elbow grease.

How can I clean smoke stains off a marble fire surround?
Start by wetting the stained area, to prevent the dirt being drawn into the marble when it is dissolved. Apply the cleaning solution, working it into the stain with a nylon-bristle brush. Rinse the marble well and dry with a soft cloth. Work up from weaker to stronger treatments:

* Household detergent dissolved in warm, distilled water
* dilute household bleach
* A solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide (100 vol.) to 3 parts water
* commercial marble cleaner, e.g. HG Spot Stain Remover.

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Victorian Fireplaces

Stockists of JIG reproduction fireplaces in a number of UK styles from the Georgian and Victorian Age through to the Edwardian Era.

Twentieth Century Fires

UK manufacturers of Art Deco fireplaces with an extensive collection of original deco stoves and fires.

Edwardian Fireplaces

Manufacturers of Edwardian fireplace reproductions with stock of original Edwardian fireplaces and mantels


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  • Greg Street
  • Reddish
  • SK5 7BS
  • UK


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