St Margaret's Church
Queen Charlton
North East Somerset

Queen Charlton is a small village located on the south eastern border of Bristol between Whitchurch and Keynsham

St Margaret's Church dates from the late 12C with alterations made in the 13C and a restoration in the 15C.
It is unusual to find a church with the tower sited in the centre, but this arrangement is most likely
due to the Chancel being built as an addition at a later date

The heating system probably dates from the late Victorian period and was installed by the Bristol firm of Vincent Skinner.
Vincent skinner had an iron foundry in Stokes Croft Bristol and installed many heating systems in Churches throughout
the west country. His trademark was the Gothic design shape on the box end headers of the pipe coil heaters.

When the heating system was installed the boiler room was excavated below ground level to provide enough vertical
height to create a gravity water circulation. The heating was designed as an LPHW system and has never been fitted with
pumped circulation. The original solid fuel boiler has now been replaced with a Beeston Robin Hood CI sectional
pattern possibly installed during the inter-war years, which has now been converted to oil firing. When the boiler was
replaced its pipework connections were renewed and the galv. F&E tank installed.

The Robin Hood boiler is most
probably a Junior pattern
4 or 5 section rated at approx
100,000 Btu/hour or 30KW

 The original pipework distribution comprises a single pipe loop at floor level with one box ended pipe coil heater connected in series.
All the original pipework is cast iron with socket & spigot joints, most likely caulked and sealed with yarn and lead.

  The pipework is laid directly on the flagstone floor with no supports or brackets.

  Purpose made precast double bank pipe coil with 
bottom side outlet connections

At a later date an Ideal sectional radiator was fitted in the Vestry
and connected to the cast iron pipework as a one pipe loop

  The double bank 8-row box ended pipe coil heater connected
bottom opposite ends in series

An example of the Gothic design on the box ends

April  2016