This Edwardian arch fireplace first became popular around 1905 and was still an incredibly popular design of fireplace insert throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
The fireplace has a simple arch with the main body made of brick-like cross bonded tiles. This style of fireplace insert, definitive of the Edwardian era, is hand made at our Manchester factory, using virtually identical skills and techniques to those that the the original fireplace makers would have used.
These lighter, brighter and very reflective tiled fireplace designs became very popular after Queen Victoria's reign ended. For much of her reign after the death of Prince Albert black had been the dominant colour for cast iron inserts and mantels.
Towards the end of her reign though things brightened up with the advent of Art Nouveau tubelined tiles and matching cross-bonded tiles for the hearth. This led to the manufacture of all tiled inserts to the extent that by 1914 and the outbreak of World War One black cast iron fires were on the verge of extinction and glazed tiled fireplaces like the Edwardian Arch and variants of it were the norm.
We also make a very popular version of this fireplace using hand-dipped fireplace tiles. We glaze the plain 6 x 2 inch tiles in a way that produces a variety of shades and tones of colour between and across the tiles. This closely reproduces the hand crafted feel of the original Edwardian fireplaces.