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Although essentially Victorian and Edwardian, coal-fired kitchen ranges still existed in many old houses until the 1960s and 70s and even later.
These ranges came in many shapes and sizes, suitable for different sized rooms, different sizes of families and different types of cooking. Some are shown in the following photographs. In spite of their differences, though, all had the same essential parts.
A word of warning about the photos, though. An essential part of all kitchen ranges was their chimneys to let the smoke from the coal fires to escape. However this is not always obvious in the pictures for two reasons:
• One reason is that the ranges which were photographed in their original positions were normally set into alcoves, such that the chimney, or most of it, was hidden inside a wall.
• The other reason is that most of the ranges which were photographed in museums were relocated there without their chimneys, just to show style and form but not to work.