Kingston Lacy House  Dorset

Kingston Lacy House in Dorset built in the 17th century, was for over 300 years the family home of the Bankes family. It was built to replace the previous family home at Corfe Castle which was destroyed and left in ruins during the civil war.
The house had major alterations carried out during the 18th century by the architect Sir Charles Barry with the majority of the original engineering systems being installed during the 19th century.  The house and the surrounding estate became the property of  The National Trust in 1982.

Most of the house's original heating system/s have either been removed, replaced or updated but several items such as heaters and enclosures still remain.
All of these remaining heaters are installed within enclosures which vary from the purely functional to the wonderfully ornate. Below are a few of the examples that can be seen. 



Found behind panelling was this very battered
Lumby's domestic hot water boiler c.1910

Shown below is a selection of the colourful Victorian ornamental
 patterned tiled fireplaces that can be seen in various rooms of the house.


The Laundry has several interesting items of engineering.
The Drying room has the only known example of a
Jones and Attwood of Stourbridge hot water Pot boiler
used to heat a sinuous coil of 4-inch diameter CI pipes.

A specially adapted

slow combustion
stove by
Charles Portway

for use as an iron


The domestic hot water
supply for the Laundry
sinks is provided by
this Ideal Domestic
boiler supplied by the
Metal Agencies Co
of Bristol

For images of the various old style telephones
can be seen in the house 

MARCH  2005