Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Tantalising Clue

Whilst building walls (yes, yet more) we were looking for gate brackets to hold the little iron gates beside the composting toilet. We're moving them so that visitors don't have to open and close gates to get to the toilet, and so that there is a clearer delineation of public and private space in that area.

So, we needed two heavy duty pieces of metal with holes in them to hold the gates, and found this in the salvage yard: Not sure what function it had, or where it was found, but it looked a likely candidate. 

 On closer inspection, the two bars hanging down looked familiar:

They were two pieces of the same item - a 'crane' from traditional fireplace:

Here are a couple in situ, in our old fireplace at Trassey:

It's possible that this piece of ironwork came from another place, but more likely that this is part of an original fireplace on the site.

Could it be possible that underneath the closed in fire in the kitchen:

 there is a fireplace like this? Time will tell!


Elaine said...

Yes, and lots more hard work!!

Steve Byrne said...

There probably is a big fireplace there - the only problem with them is that most of the heat goes up the chimney. It'd look lovely though. Do you use the range? We've inherited a smaller one than that but it works a treat.

John & Elaine McCombe said...

Yeah I agree, the fireplace at Trassey (the last pic) often took more cold air into the room for the draught than it provided in heat!

We'd plan this time to put a range in if the fireplace is there. We have one already,(in the picture), but we've not checked out what if anything can be used - happy times ahead! Hope to show you round soon!