LACOCK ABBEY WILTSHIRE




 

Lacock Abbey dates from the 13th century where the religious order flourished until Henry VIII enacted the dissolutionment of the Monastries. The Abbey was suppressed in 1539 and sold. It was then bought by William Sharington a large landowner from Norfolk. Lacock was very fortunate as unlike most of the other Monastries which were sold off and either dismantled or destroyed, it was saved because its new owner converted the upper floor of the Abbey into his house and home. This simple fact meant that the ground floor Nun's rooms and cloisters survived and can be seen to this day.  The National Trust took over ownership of the Abbey and the estate in 1944.

The heating system it is generally accepted dates from the late 1870's when its installation followed a bequest in the Will of the french governess Amelina Petit.  

The cast iron S&S pipework, box end pipe coil heaters and pedestals from the original system still exist. The National Trust has recently contracted out to have  the whole of this heating system removed, for cleaning and restoration before its re-installation.   

BOX ENDED PIPE COIL HEATERS
AND PEDESTAL ENCLOSURES
   
 

Sited in the first floor Stone Gallery are three of these box ended cast iton pipe coil heaters all complete with tie bars. One heater is fitted with central Cast iron pipe connections.  
 

 
 



Pedestal enclosing a triple bank box ended pipe coil heater. The pipe coils are of rare integral finned tubes pattern.


The integral finning on the tubing can just be seen through the open lattice work of the pedestal.



              




 



From the Doulton nameplate this water closet can be technically identified as a  Lambeth Patent Pedestal.

     " COMBINATION  CLOSET OR
        WASH-OUT IN BLUE MAGNOLIA
        PATTERN"  



           

 
 

A Cold Storage Box with zinc linings and trays. Probably from the Victorian period of unknown date manufactured by George Kent of High Holborn  London.

George Kent also manufactured Ice Cream Machines, Ice Makers, Ice Moulds and Pure Block Ice.


 
 
The purpose of this item of cast iron pipeline equipment is unknown but appears to be a form of throttling device which could operate similar to a present day type of butterfly valve.



KITCHEN  RANGE
 

 

This Kitchen range is a fine example of a Victorian range
manufactured by Sidney Flavel & Company of Leamington.
 


   

CIBSE   HERITAGE GROUP
FEBRUARY   2003