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The Radiator

By helenlinda
St Stephen's Church was built in 1871, as a daughter church to St Mary's Selly Oak.
It was built in the Gothic revival style, and its heating was definitely gothic too!!. It had a central aisle with pipes running either side of it, from which there was a step up into the pews. The radiators were replaced back in 2005, when we had a major rebuild, and the pews were removed, the floor was made level and underfloor heating was installed. Of course we worked with the planners to ensure we jumped through all the right hoops, and one of the requirements was that we had to include two of the original radiators in our new lay out.
This one is at the back of the church, its still a very warm area to sit in and I love the feel of the metal and the warmth generated by it. However I'm glad to see the church so much more welcoming and versatile now we have wall to wall carpeting and chairs. Its wonderful to have it used each week for Toddler club, with all the bikes, tents and slides out.
Other than the wonderful colour of the metal, I actually prefer it as a black and white image

Tags: Church Architecture Radiator Saturday shadow

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NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2019 12:04PM
Both interesting and well captured Helen.
2 Feb 2019 12:09PM
Beautiful, they don't make them like that anymore.
Irishkate Plus
10 44 118 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2019 1:08PM
Glad you managed to keep a few of these beauties.
Equally good in mono.
woolybill1 Plus
14 35 76 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2019 1:17PM
Lovely use of perspective and shallow-dof effect. Beamish Museum's tea room has similar radiators, but the are not nearly so colourful!
helenlinda Plus
13 367 22 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2019 1:39PM
Many thanks to Bill for his User Award - which is very much appreciated SmileSmileSmile
2 Feb 2019 1:55PM
Back when people cared about the things they made.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.5k 2188 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2019 2:36PM
It's a lovely work of art, and I'm so pleased that a few were left installed.
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.6k 158 England
2 Feb 2019 2:46PM
Long gone are the days when everyday objects were created as works of art..
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
2 Feb 2019 3:31PM
How beautiful and ornate, and it's good to know that a couple of these have been retained. Though I generally prefer colour, I preferred the mono too (and that was before I read your notes and preference!) 👍😉
Trev 😀
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2019 4:32PM
Both work well, Helen.
11 10 10 England
2 Feb 2019 5:31PM
Both work but I think I'll put colour first. A beautiful artistic radiator.
helenlinda Plus
13 367 22 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2019 5:42PM
Thanks for your comments and to Trevor for his User Award SmileSmileSmileSmile
SlowSong Plus
12 9.4k 30 England
2 Feb 2019 5:47PM
These things, although beautiful, weight a ton or two. I know because my brother had to remove half a dozen from a church in London. It nearly crippled him.
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
2 Feb 2019 6:39PM
I remember radiators like these in the hotel where I spent my honeymoon...

I do hope that you got hassocks as well as chairs: our disposal of pews was done rather too evangelically, and there's no provision for kneeling to pray. The chairs are very good for sitting on, but kneeling on the floor is extremely awkward - particularly if there's someone sitting on the chair in front...
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2019 1:52AM
All of the above and then some.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 734 England
3 Feb 2019 7:09PM
Intricate detailing, I see even on the fins that are half hidden from view. Increases surface area too so should be quite efficient at dispersing the heat, and it must be as you say it's a nice warm area to be.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2019 12:09AM
NICE !!! Good image !!
Isabel GrinGrin

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