Market Lavington Museum

An iron stove


We have seen Little Dorrit before. It is the stove for heating flat irons, which stands in the corner of the kitchen in Market Lavington Museum. We will take a closer look at it in this blog entry.

Little Dorrit is a Charles Dickens novel, but the name was later used by Smith and Wellstead for their three legged stove.

The upper part of the stove is octagonal. There is a space on six of these faces to rest an iron, where it can heat up with its base against the hot surface

A seventh face of the octagon has an opening door flap, for lighting and tending the fire within.

There is a flue hole at the back which, presumably, would have been connected to a pipe taking the smoke and fumes outside.

On another occasion, we will look at the irons which were donated with this stove.