Dolau Canol Chimneys Explained

Dolau Canol tells its history through its chimneys – the house is essentially C18, but could easily have C17 roots (look at the imbalance of the front windows). There’s a huge simne fawr inglenook in the main space, but then the lean-to also has a second, early chimney. This must have been from a service room off behind the main chimney,perhaps for a boiler or washhouse. The drip mouldings tell us its early, though clearly extended in height in the later C19 or early C20. Perhaps as the trees matured around the house it became necessary to raise the low boiler-pot chimney to keep catching the draft of the wind? Lovely conservation project here by its owners.


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