by Helen Moon
There are several beautiful fire backs at Charlton House such as this example dating from 1696, which depicts a man and his dog.
Fireback are made of cast iron and they were originally designed to protect the wall of the building behind the fire.
They also had the additional benefit of storing heat so that more heat from the fire could be radiated around the room making it more efficient.
The Fire back to be found in the Dutch Room at Charlton House