Ok guys, I posted this on the cooking site as well but it bears reading to a wider audience. Well done and well researched.It shows what every good hearth had , the types and what each class from poor to rich may have used.
Today, when most of us have some kind of furnace or other form of central heating in our homes, a fireplace is a luxury. Often, a luxury we typically enjoy only on special occasions. For our Regency ancestors, during the winter months their fireplace might literally be the difference between life and death. Though the Romans had had a type of central heating which was used to heat their public baths and the homes of the wealthy, the principles were lost for centuries with the fall of the Empire. From the Middle Ages right through the Regency, the only way by which people were able to heat their homes was by a fire in the fireplace, until the second half of the nineteenth century.
As the source of the comfort of both heat and light, the fireplace was the focal point of a room. Over the centuries, a number of…
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