The Geffrye, Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA


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17th Century HeatingPage 1

The hearth was symbolic of home and hospitality. In the hall, where much of the daily household activity took place and where guests were received, the fire would have been kept alight for much of the year. Large logs of wood were cradled between a pair of andirons, or firedogs, which kept them from rolling into the room.


Fireplace in Room 1, Geffrye Museum.

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