What is an Inglenook Fireplace?
The inglenook fireplace is in fact the large space found either side of very large open fireplaces often found in very old pubs, where seats were formed for people to sit, share conversations, enjoy many beers and keep warm.
The word inglenook is formed with ingle, meaning “fireplace” in Old English (from Old Scots or Irish Gaelic aingeal, “angel” or euphemistically “fire”), and nook.
Modern Day Inglenook fireplaces
Artisan Fireplace Design’s founder Gary Heginbottom, used the term to describe the then hole in the wall stone fireplaces formed by Pawson’s Stone Quarry installers (his first employer) in more modern homes back in 1979.
The ‘inglenook fireplace’ is now a commonly used term by the whole fireplace industry to describe the area left within a chimney breast once it is opened to its maximum width.