St Paul's 
Portland Square  Bristol









St Paul's Church located in Portland Square Bristol is an 18th century building with a Grade I  listing, opened in 1794 and built to the designs of Daniel Hague. The church has now become a redundant church and is under the care of The Churches Conservation Trust.

The original late Victorian heating system complete with its cast iron pipework and tubular heaters was installed in 1901 and is still in use although the system has recently been modified and upgraded to include modern pattern fan convector heaters.

A faculty application was sumitted when the church was extended in 1901. The Architect, Sir George Oatley selected the heating contractor T B Bradford of 36 Brigstocke Road Bristol to carry out the installation. Their estimate amounted to the sum of 136-17-6 without deduction or any other consideration.

The name T B Bradford can be seen inscribed on two different patterns of the heaters. It is most likely that this firm had its own local ironfoundry, where the heaters were cast.

This firm is unknown to the Heritage Group and research will be carried out to discover the firm's history and its activities.


   


T. B. BRADFORD  BRISTOL  HEATING ENGINEER






This style of cast iron tubular heater is sited under all the external windows of the Nave.
It is fitted with a centre ventilating section which allows external fresh air to enter the church.
This fresh air is warmed as it passes through the tubes and over the hot pipework.




Cast iron grille on top of centre section






2-ROW HEATER

2 - ROW HEATER


SINGLE ROW HEATER

SINGLE ROW HEATER

This type of vertical tubular heater was manufactured by
William Graham & Sons  Castle Yard  London.
 
SEPTEMBER  2007