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Gurney's Patent

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Large Heater in Worcester Cathedral photographed in 2010.
Large Heater in Worcester Cathedral photographed in 2010.
Large Heater in Worcester Cathedral photographed in 2010.
Large Heater in Worcester Cathedral photographed in 2010.


A type of stove, as offered by the London Warming and Ventilating Co

1856 Goldsworthy Gurney developed the Gurney Stove, which he patented in 1856. It was extensively used to heat a wide variety of buildings. The stove's most interesting feature is the use of external ribs to increase the surface area of the stove available for heat transfer. A number of these stoves are still in use to this day, in the cathedrals of Ely, Durham and Peterborough.

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