Original Combination Grates

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All our combination grates are suitable for solid fuel fires,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.

Before visiting our showroom please telephone beforehand if you want to view a particular fireplace as not every fireplace is on display.



Combination grates also known as “all in one” fireplaces were very popular in the Edwardian and particularly the Victorian times. The Victorian middle class and aristocracy had huge houses that required a lot of heating so it was not uncommon to have one in almost every room. The Victorians also loved their luxuries; fireplaces were not only used for functional purposes but to show off the grandeur of their homes and size of wealth.  Original combination grates became popular in these times for two main reasons, one was they were fairly easy to produce and fit as they were all one item unlike other fireplaces that could consist of many items such as an insert, surround and tiles. The other reason was that these fireplaces generally took up less room and as the Victorians liked to have fireplaces in many rooms they fit nicely into bedrooms without becoming too obstructive.

Hearths from Antique Fireplaces
Slate or stone were often used for Victorian hearths with tiles becoming more popular later in the Victorian period and Edwardian Era. Coloured tiles were often used and commonly matched the tiles in the fireplace. Our hearths (see below) are all black as this works well with almost any decorative scheme; we supply hearths made from granite (matt or polished), slate or quarry tiles. Slate hearths are most suited to fireplaces being used with gas or electric fires or for ornamental use due to their susceptibility to breakage and damage. Granite is a good alternative and very popular due to being hard wearing, it comes in either polished or matt; the matt finish especially suits cast iron products. Quarry Tiles are robust unglazed tiles that are very hard wearing; they are in fact a pure Porcelain Tile that have proved very popular for hearths because of their durability, appearance and texture.

One piece or slabbed?
One piece hearths are suitable for use with gas and electric fires or for ornamental use. Slabbed hearths are suitable for solid fuel fires; slabbing is the method of filling the underneath of the hearth with reinforced concrete, this provides a stable base for the material and allows it to expand and contract proventing cracking.

Our large selection of original combination grates have been sourced from all over the United Kingdom. Whether you have an Edwardian or Victorian house or would just like to have a piece of history as the focal point of your room you can be sure to find something that will suit your taste. Our experienced fireplace renovation experts have many years of experience restoring these original fireplaces and the uttermost care is put into their renovation.