Havering Museum

Did You Know?….Romford Stove

J__Gillray,_'The_comforts_of_a_Rumford_Stove'_Wellcome_L0019598The “Romford stove” which is mentioned in some 19th Century literature refers to a Rumford stove or fireplace as championed by Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, an Anglo-American physicist and inventor. He designed a fireplace, or altered existing ones with brick inserts, to make them shallower with a narrower, taller chimney to improve their ability to heat a room and clear/keep it smoke free.  They first appeared in the mid 1790s.

 

 

Chloe Branwhite, Havering Museum Head of Collections & Exhibitions

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