- Stone & Slate Antique Fire Surrounds
- Antique Cast iron Fire Surrounds
- Wooden Antique Fire Surrounds
- Antique Fireplace Accessories
- Architectural Antiques
- Slips and Cast iron Reducers
- Fireplace Tiles
- Marble Antique Fireplaces
- Original Tiled Grates
- Original Arched Grates, Fascias and Panels
- Original Hob Grates
- Original Combination Grates
- Original Fire Surrounds
- Original Fire Baskets
- Tiled Combination Grates
- Single Tiles
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Original Hob Grates
All our hob grates are suitable for solid fuel,alternatively we can supply living flame gas fires,electric fires or bio ethanol fires all of which can be made to measure ,price on application.
We also have a dedicated section on hearths to suit all our fireplaces in slate,granite,stone or tiles all of which can be made to measure price on application.
When visiting the showroom please telephone before hand to ensure we have the fireplace at the showroom as not all our hob grates are on display in the showroom.
Original hob grates were made from cast iron with hobs either side used for heating and cooking and were fitted into the chimney breast. Hob grates are often known as register grates, the difference being register grates have a register plate on the back to protect the back brickwork of the chimney, control emissions and airflow from the fire. Today “register grates” are popularly known as “hob grates” despite having the register plate on the back. The name “register grate” came because the original hob grate design with a register plate on the back was registered/ patented/ copyrighted.
Original hob grates were first used during the reigns of King George I – IV (1740-1830) and in the regency period (1811-1820) where prince regent ruled due to his father King George III’s sickness. Hob grates were popular during these periods as they were an effective way of cooking and heating at the same time. The two hobs either side of the grate allowed for plenty of room for cooking utensils and at the same time the fire would radiate heat into the room. Hob grates were used right up until the Edwardian period although the functionality of being able to cook on the hobs died out as new technologies became available. During the Edwardian period and Art Nouveau hob grates tended to have changed in style somewhat, the main difference being that they often had tiles placed in them.
Our huge range of original restored hob grates have been sourced from areas all over the United Kingdom. We have a variety of styles available from the Early Georgian period right up to the Late Victorian period restored professionally by our team of skilled craftsmen.
Please feel welcome to come down to the showroom and view our range of original restored hob grates and antique fireplaces. If you would like to arrange a viewing please call us before so we can make sure the fireplace is on display in the showroom.