How the Victorian range was the bolier

June 2, 2021 3:30 pm


In the Victirain era in Britain it is very likely that you would have one of three jobs. You would have worked in a blue collar role down a mine, in a mill or factory or you would have been in the fields as a rural farm worker. Regardless of what you did the hours would have been long and the pay a pittance and the only thing that would have kept you going in is the thought that when you got home there was a lovely big range to warm your bones against. Then you’d have had to get up at 5 am and do it all over again the next day.

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The large Vitiruian range was built into the kitchen and vented by a large chimney. The whole thing was powered by coal and wood and it’s a fair bet that even Boiler Replacement Cheltenham experts Blu Fish would have been stumped with how to get the thing in and out of the tiny kitchen that people found themselves living in.

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The range was the source of heat for water with a complicated hanging kettle arrangement and a tin bath outside ready for the weekly soak. System also incorporated several ovens for baking and roasting and possibly even a hob if gas was available, although mostly it was open flame.


These huge black iron edifices were a terror to keep clean and it was all baking soda, vinegar and elbow grease from the lady of the house that kept grime and rust at bay.