Amazing Grates has a substantial showroom in East Finchley, north London with many fireplaces on display ranging in period from the Georgian era, through the Victorian to the Arts and Crafts, Edwardian and contemporary. We particularly specialise in marble and limestone mantelpieces but these days there is a great emphasis on energy efficient fires be it to burn wood, a carbon neutral process, or highly efficient gas fires. Electric and bio fuel are increasing in popularity too.
Amazing Grates started in the spring of 1979, we had just moved into a substantial house that needed everything – from the foundations up – renovated and updated. We had moved back from the hills of mid Wales restoring furniture to return to the capital with our then 4 young children. The Victorian fireplaces were intact throughout the house but we decided to remove three from the bedrooms and sell them in the antique trade, but no one was interested. Three months later we put an advertisement in the Ham and High local newspaper – the response was wonderful – not only did we receive about 250 replies but in particular we met other people who shared an interest in restoring period houses. Not so commonplace then!