1840s Midlands open range, Matlock Bath!!

An impossible restoration

This was a very challenging restoration but one we took great pleasure in. The building is an old toll house on a steep hill above Matlock Bath built in 1812. The remains of this range were found behind some wood cladding and the chimney had been completely filled with rubble. The range had evidently been smashed up before being used to fill the hole. We carefully went through the debris and managed to find around 80% of the range. I carefully laid it out and found the two front plates to be complete enough to attempt to piece them back together. After a lot of careful work and several patterns made to replace missing piece the front plates were saved. A new top plate was produced as well as a set of firebars and a grate to match the fragments of the originals we found. The fall bar is original is the boiler and oven.
The range is now back in place and as you can see from the picture it draws very well.

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