Inglenook fireplaces are full of character and history. They are an attractive and sought after feature in older homes as a place to cosy up by the fire. We take a look at their origin and appeal.
The name is derived from ‘ingle’ an old Scottish word for a domestic fire (aingeal in Gaelic) and ‘nook’ meaning small space or recess. Also known as a chimney corner.
Originally a partially enclosed hearth area, inglenooks became popular in the mid to late 16th Century. Prior to this time they featured in wealthy houses and monasteries. They became the heart of the home where the family would gather to keep warm around the fire. It was the only heat source and where all the cooking was done. Later kitchens developed in wealthier homes but in the poorest homes people still relied on the fireplace for everything.
Some manor houses and old cottages still retain inglenook fireplaces as well as in many an old English pub. The walls of the alcoves were often plastered or washed with lime in order to reflect back the heat and light into the room.
Recessed fireplaces with seating also became a character feature of Arts & Crafts architecture but began to disappear with the adoption of central heating in homes. Inglenooks were then considered an addition to the living space as an intimate place to keep warm or to cosy up with a good book.
Once central heating became more widespread in the 1950s many original fireplaces were blocked up to make space for more modern appliances.
The term can also be applied today in the fireplace industry for a fireplace within a chimney breast which has been opened out to its maximum width.
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Mr & Mrs C.
We would like to take this opportunity following the successful sale of our barn conversion to express our thanks for the excellent service provided by Pritchard & Company during the very difficult lockdown period. Throughout the whole process Robert acted in a professional and supportive manner which helped us enormously through a stressful period. We have no hesitation in recommending Pritchard & Company to others.
Mr & Mrs C.
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Mr & Mrs W.
Robert was recommended to us by a family friend, Robert had sold several properties for her very successfully and we arranged for Robert to come and see us and view our property.We could instantly tell that Robert was very genuine, he was easy to talk to and clearly knew his stuff, we felt that Robert offered us the personal touch that we wanted, calls were returned, emails answered and Robert always arrived early to do the show rounds so we could disappear and let him work his magic.Robert found us the perfect family to take on our lovely home and helped us along with the sale process, holding our hand through all the tricky parts !We are very grateful to Robert for his help and we would happily recommend him to anyone who wants the personal touch and a knowledgeable, responsive agent.
Mr & Mrs G
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