Whilst waiting this morning for the BT engineer to sort out the phone line, I continued bashing at the mid-nineteenth century walls in the fireplace. All nearly complete, but needless to say a very hot and dusty job...
This one taken at about 11.00am. A large stone filling the void on the right hand side.
This one taken at 1.30pm before coming to work. Job almost complete!
You can see very clearly the plastered area to the right of the fireplace, which I think must be an original oven. The brickwork near the bottom has some soot on it, but mostly it is quite clean. The actual base of the fireplace is below the present floor level, but I shall stop at or just above the present floor level due to the potential arrival of floorboards. Speaking of which, here they are in situ in their present (original) location 'somewhere in Staffordshire'. Should be here in a couple of weeks...
Pitch pine, approx 20-25cm wide and two inches thick!
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