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.

Plaster casts of Coalbrookdale Midlands range

Plaster casts

I took these plaster casts from an especially nice example of a Coalbrookdale 'Midlands' or open range dating from the 1840s. These ranges are known for their highly decorative design as you can see from the casts. I will be making these into patterns so I can make replicas of this design in the future. To find such a range as this in this condition is extremely rare so I couldn't let it pass through the workshop without preserving this stunning design.

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Replica 1840s ‘Midland’ range

I was recently asked to find a specific example of a 'Midlands' range. After much searching we sadly could not find something the correct size for the gentlemans chimney recess. We decided then to make one! Here is a picture from the early stages of the project showing a scale drawing of what we plan to acheive. The sham plates and bars placed around are originals for reference. Next stage is to cut the sham plates from 1/2" ply to start work on the patterns. The range will eventually measure 43" across and will comprise of original oven and boiler.
We suspect it will be the first range of its type to be cast since around 1850!