Embracing Gothic fireplaces
For any home that has a traditional feel, adding Gothic fireplaces that pay homage to the Gothic period would be the perfect finishing touch.
Here at J Rotherham, we know that many designers will want to incorporate this nod to history into their blueprints, which is why we have created a range of styles that reproduce quintessential designs from this era, yet also offer all the benefits of modern design and manufacturing.
We use the latest technology in stonemasonry to ensure you have a product that is meticulously cut from the finest materials and will last a lifetime
All of the above can be made for you in a choice of British limestones, whether you want Portland, Creeton, Guiting, Ancaster or Bathstone. Give us a call or visit one of our retail partners to discuss which J Rotherham fireplace would suit you.
Fireplace evolution in Britain
A fire has been an essential part of homes since ancient times. Our cave-dwelling ancestors would have relied upon one at the door of their abodes to keep them warm and scare animals away, while Britons from Medieval times typically lit theirs in a long, communal hall, letting the smoke escape through the roof as they cooked and avoided freezing temperatures.
We might have radiators and central heating in the 21st century, but the British love affair with fireplaces has never waned. However, it has evolved away from the simply camp fires mentioned above to something much more sophisticated.
It was when technology began to evolve to channel smoke – and the fire could be placed within a specialised chamber against the wall – that we began to see the emergence of the fireplace we would recognise today.
The Gothic period
The Gothic period of architectural design resulted in the origins of a typical fireplace structure we would recognise today. It consisted of a pair of jambs, a four-centred arch, a lintel and a mantel shelf.
This structure provided plenty of support, yet also offered a canvas on which tradesmen could show off their blossoming design skills. While there has been no need to alter the four main elements, designers have been embellishing them and adorning them to reflect current trends and preferences ever since.
For example, the owners of grand homes in the 16th century started to decorate the arches of their fireplaces, rather than retaining a simply wood or stone lintel. This would have ensured they could demonstrate their wealth to visitors – the Tudor equivalent of keeping up with the Joneses – and make the fire the main architectural feature of the home.
Finer detailing could also be added on carved chimneypieces, many of which can still be seen in some of Britain’s stately homes.