Saturday, July 9, 2022
Octagon cast iron ovens
The oven is composed of 8 sides of cast iron, thus the door is octagon shape. And it is heavy (much more than the block tin of Rumford Roasters).
Shelves over a space with heated air. The cook was to switch the items on the two shelves so they would bake evenly.
Kew oven before restoration in 2012, screenshot from video: The Royal Kitchens at Kew: a building history by Historic Royal Palaces with Lee Prosser. HERE
OCTAGON OVENS 1751-1824 excerpts
1751 I went through a small village called Madely or Madely Wood. … At the iron works here I saw octagon ovens of cast iron from three to four feet long, and about eighteen inches diameter, to be put at the back of kitchen chimneys. [Pococke]
Letter written at Holyhead (not where he saw the ironworks) by Dr. Pococke. Madeley Wood Company was founded 5 years later. Who owned furnace when he visited? In this 1801 painting showing the tapping of the molten iron, it was Coalbrookdale Company, founded in 1709 in town of Coalbrookdale west of Madeley.
MAKE AND SELL.
Octagon Ovens, 12s. // Hud Ends or Side Ovens, 12s. [Parker]
1824 Furnishing Ironmonger, Tinman, and Coppersmith
Large octagon oven and shelves from 7 0 0 … 8 0 0
HOW TO MAKE CAST IRON PIECES
Making a stove in sand at Hopewell Furnace post. HERE
Casting the past - Maintaining Scotland’s Iron Foundry Tradition: Laing Foundry. 1920. Andrew Laing. Hestechnicalconservation c2015. 12 min. HERE
OTHER METAL WALL OVENS
Here are several blog posts and article with some details on metal ovens. Due to limited space, there is, ofcourse, information left out on the various apparatus and makers, so feel free to contact me for more infomation.
-Coalbrookdale at night. (Bedlam Furnace). 1801. Philipp Jakob Loutherbourg. painting at The Science Museum, London
-The Complete Assistant for the Landed Proprietor, Estate and ... London: 1824
-Parker, James. Illustrated Rambles from Hipperholme to Tong. 1904
-Pococke, Richard. The Travels through England of Dr. Richard Pococke, successively bishop of Meath and of Ossory, during 1750, 1751, and later years. v. 1 1888. Letter written at Holyhead, June 17th, 1751. p231. HERE
THIS WEEK'S FOOD HISTORY TALKS. deleted
Many museums, groups, etc. have taken a break for the summer. But the Oxford Symposium will be online!
CALENDAR OF VIRTUAL FOOD HISTORY TALKS HERE
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