No 4 JUNE 2001
Services Heritage Group
The Heritage Group has for some time been researching into
finding the earliest examples and written
records of Heating and Ventilating systems
throughout the British Isles. A
pattern has emerged
which shows that the most likely buildings where old systems
or equipment of great age are still to be
found, whether in use or otherwise,
are within ecclesiastical buildings. Whether it
is a Cathedral,
Abbey, Church, Chapel, Meeting Hall or
Synagogue there is always the possibility of
something very old and very interesting.
This fact has led the
Heritage Group to start a new
project, which is to create a directory
database of Heating and Ventilating
systems in Church Buildings
entitled “Church Heating”
complete with photographs / images wherever possible.
Already examples of Victorian and Edwardian radiators
and pipework systems have been found and
recorded. The earliest examples found so
far date back to the 1870’s. Some examples are
below. The Search is now to
find warm air stoves still in
existence whether in use or even
derelict and abandoned.
CIBSE members and other Engineers are invited to contact the
Heritage Group with details whenever
they come across any heating or ventilating systems and /or equipment
that dates from this time period.
Victorian Radiator in Winscombe
Perkins Heating Coil in East Brent Church
CI Header box V Skinner St Mary
Gurney Stove from Salisbury Cathedral
Meeting was held at the Saville Row London Offices of English
Heritage. After the meeting the HG was given a guided tour
of their Library. The Group had an interesting time checking through
their extensive collection. One
of the books on the Albert Hall was found to make a reference to Wilson
has now established an ongoing
contact for the exchange of
with the National Association of Decorative
and Fine Art Societies
( NADFAS ).
Their Committee of Church Recorders will
now provide the HG with information about
any original heating systems in the Victorian
and Edwardian church buildings they are
surveying and recording.
PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
The book entitled ‘The Comfort
Makers’ is complete, being printed for the ASHRAE Summer Meeting.
The first rough draft of the book,
the story about the early Heating Engineers entitled ‘The Heat Makers’
has been prepared.
Work continues on
the ‘Air Conditioning of the Skyscraper’ book.
Research is still
continuing for the book ‘Wilson Weatherley Phipson Victorian Engineer
Information is continuing to be
collected about all types of early heating and ventilating
systems in church buildings.
The first draft of
the introductory clauses and listings has been prepared.
The book titled ‘BSI
Hundred Years 1901-2001’ has
been published and is available
from the ICE at the
Mike Barber has given the first
meetings about the
HG discovery of
the steam engine and
system it powers at the
Technical Institute in
The HG has been told
about the John Ryland’s Library in Manchester which has a
very early electric lighting installation and also has an early example
of Air Conditioning.
This is likely to become a planned future visit for the
The book ‘ The Magic of Hot
Water ’ has been printed to
celebrate the 25th anniversary
of Andrews Water Heaters
and depicts the history of
domestic hot water heating