Lakeland Fireplaces and Lighting was established in 1993 by Gordon Fairclough to bring a decade of experience in period interiors, historic properties and architectural antiques to the English Lake District. Now the area’s longest-established fireplace and lighting retailer, the business has assisted private clients, charities and businesses with numerous historic property restoration projects from cottages and farmhouses to stately homes and castles. Working both independently and through the region’s leading architectural practices to provide expert guidance in selecting and sourcing appropriate fixtures and fittings for period properties, whether they be original marble chimneypieces and antique chandeliers or cast iron fireplaces and kitchen ranges.
The business combines Gordon’s interests as an academic, antiques collector and entrepreneur. A fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (Scotland), he is currently reading for a doctorate in History at Lincoln College, University of Oxford, where he is researching the architectural and cultural history of the Lake District’s country houses, having achieved a distinction at both MA in Antiques and at postgraduate studies at Oxford in Architectural History. His academic interests include the furniture of Gillows of Lancaster and the work of the architect-mason firm Websters of Kendal which built and remodelled numerous country houses in the region and manufactured marble chimneypieces for houses throughout North-West England during the Georgian period. His written work focusses on the region’s Georgian country houses, vernacular buildings and regional fireplace production, with two publications due in 2018.
From the late 18th century Kendal became an important regional centre of marble and stone chimneypiece production, establishing a reputation for fashionable design, fine materials and high-quality workmanship which resulted in royal commissions from George IV for the supply of marble chimneypieces for the Great Hall at Windsor Castle and from the Tsar of Russia for the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. (See History page for further details)
Lakeland Fireplaces and Lighting usually has a limited number of original examples of Kendal’s historic marble chimneypieces available from stock and display a selection of accurate facsimile copies of locally-produced 18th century stone fireplaces in our showrooms. Please contact us for further details.
Our high-street showrooms in Kendal also display a wide range of period, antique-reproduction and modern fireplaces and multi-fuel stoves to suit homes of any age. In addition to our design service we arrange for the installation of the fireplaces and stoves which we supply, together with chimney relining, by HETAS registered engineers. We also provide a chimney-engineering design service to architects and property owners. We have been widely involved in the re-instatement of fireplaces and stoves in the county’s flood-damaged homes and businesses over the last decade, and are available for consultation on flood refurbishment to insurance companies and project-managing contractors.
Gordon Fairclough is currently available for consultation to private clients, architects and conservation bodies, by appointment, on a wide range of matters relating to the interiors and architectural history of the region’s country houses and sensitive restoration of Georgian properties. Please email [email protected] or contact our showroom on Kendal high street for further details of consultations.
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