Cast Iron Fireplaces
Pendragon also offer a range of period style cast iron fireplaces. Our fireplaces are available in various styles and authentically reprocuced using original manufacturing techniques.
Our Carron fireplaces date mainly from the Victorian through to the Edwardian era, though we do supply fires from the late Georgian period. Styles include rococo, gothic, art nouveau and art deco. Each have a design influenced by the styles of the day.
The website offers a collection of fireplaces ideally suited to bedrooms, having smaller dimensions. Bedroom fireplaces made as a complete unit to fit over a chimney opening and are referred to as ‘Combination Fireplaces’. Our fireplaces are all suitable for solid fuel use but are often installed as decorative fireplaces. The Victorian bedroom fireplaces add a focal point to the room adding a touch of charm. Many customers paint the bedroom casts in creams or whites to soften the appearance.
However, if it’s the authentic period look that you are after, Carron fireplaces are finished in a graphite paint to give an appearance of an original period fireplace, but without the need for high maintenance and polishing. Many of the fires are also available in a polished finish, where the black finish is buffed off down to the cast iron surface to produce an almost mirrored finish. This may not always be practical as the polished surface is susceptible to marking, especially when touched by little fingers. Please be aware that the fireplaces will still require a fireplace opening to accomodate the fire back.
If you don’t have a fireplace opening, it would be possible to construct a false chimney breast using timber studding. Another benefit of fiiting for decorative purposes, is that you don’t need a hearth. The hearth is fitted as a barrier between the fireplace and the floor to protect the flooring and carpet from burning. Often in bedrooms the hearth was level with the floor and a fender fitted to act as a guard. This would stop coals rolling off the fire grate onto the carpet when the fire was lit.
Living Room Fireplaces
Other Victorian fireplaces in our range include living room and dining room fireplaces. These tend to be larger in size and again are available as combination fireplaces. Larger rooms require larger fireplaces, so the fireplaces are then cast as separate components. The mantel or surround is made to fit over a fireplace insert. The fireplace insert fits into the fireplace opening to accomodate the fire grate with the mantel going in front to hold it in place and provide the decorative appearance. Whether fitting a living room fireplace for use as a real fire or decorative purposes, we would suggest fitting a fireplace hearth. This adds balance and make the fireplace look more pleasing to the eye. The hearth can be adorned with fireplace tools (companion sets) and log baskets and the shelf decorated with accesories such as mantel clocks and picture frames, often with a large picture or mirror above.
The mantels and inserts are all available in various period styles. The benefit of having separate inserts and surrounds is the ability to choose between different components to achieve a desired look. You can simply mix and match an arched or square insert with a plain or decorative surround or mantel. The mantels are manufactured in cast iron or wood such as pine or oak. The surrounds made in wood are supplied either fully finished in wax and lacquer or unfinished to enable painting. The fireplace inserts and grates are again supplied in a polished or graphite black finish.
Most of our Carron cast iron fireplaces can be supplied for use with a bespoke gas fire, used with solid fuels such as wood or coal or be used for decorative purposes.
For more information on period cast iron fireplaces, visit our dedicated cast iron fireplaces website.