The Victorian period which ran from 1837 until 1901 incorporated a Victorian fireplace in the main living room. Many were grand, carved marble, slate or cast-iron features. During this period, building around the Leeds area was prolific and many homes were built. Some of these properties that remaining, still feature the original fireplaces and mantles. However, as fashions change these properties fell out of favour and for a while many around the University area of Leeds were converted into student accommodation. Fireplaces became redundant and many were removed, damaged or boarded over. As fashioned changed, the affluent areas of Headingley, close to where Embers fireplaces is situated became popular once again and in the mid-1980s, when Embers was established, families started to move back into the area. The previously damaged or boarded over fireplaces once again became a feature of many stylish room settings. Embers, who have skilled crafts technicians began removing, refurbishing and rebuilding many of these beautiful features.
Embers A Victorian Fireplaces Specialist in Leeds
Every fireplace has a story to tell! On one occasion while removing a beautiful marble fireplace, which sadly had fallen into disrepair, from a property situated on the much sort after location of Woodbine Terrace. Embers craftsmen found a part of a newspaper, used for packing by the original installers, dated 100 years earlier, to the very day they were working. Once refurbished, re-polished refurbished and repaired. The relic newspaper was replaced by the Embers team. At Embers we don’t just sell and restore fireplaces we have a passion for them.
Since that fireplace project, on many occasions, Embers have featured the opportunity for a number of clients to install a small “time capsule” within the fireplace for the next generation to uncover.
Victorian fireplace restoration is a specialist task and many Victorian fireplaces can be restored without removal. We occasionally add missing features which our team can reproduce and replace.
Clients occasionally wish to redesign the layout of a property and want to incorporate a stunning feature they have in one room into another. Embers craftsmen have often removed a cast iron or marble mantel from one room and reinstalled it into another room in the same property. Fashions and room layouts constantly evolve.
Unfortunately, during the Victorian period, the cost of fuel and gas as a heating source was very rarely considered when designing a feature fireplace. Coal was the fuel of the day. Now that we are more aware of the environmental issues associated with burning fuel Embers can very often can adapt a more environmentally friendly heating source into your original fireplace without detracting from it. However, for those who want to remain loyal to the original design the Embers showroom is a source of ashpans and fire grates. For those non-standard items we can offer a bespoke service to design and manufacture almost anything.
Beautiful fireplaces will continue to be a much sought after feature of homes in the future and the Victorian period property remains very popular. A cherished and restored Victorian fireplace will always feature in any sales literature when you come to sell your property. Embers have developed a wealth of knowledge and perfected techniques in restoring classic Victorian fireplaces over the last 30 plus years. Lets us help you restore your cherished fireplace.
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