The three parts of the fireplace are the grate, surround and hearth. Here we describe the materials used for the hearth and the surround or 'chimney-piece'.
The choices for the surround were:
Darker coloured marble was used in the dining room than the drawing room. Marble was going out of fashion by 1900 but persisted in smaller homes.
Wood gained in popularity. A mahogany surround would be polished whereas pine would be painted.
The hearths were usually tiled or marble, and smaller by 1900. As a consequence, fenders became more important to keep coals in the fireplace and clothes out.
The fireplace would have had a cloth drape. This would have been of a dark colour in the case of active fireplaces, as it would have needed washing frequently.
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