Q&A Why is a mantlepiece so called?

QandA Posted By QandA, Nov 24, 2007 at 4:30 AM

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    Question:

    My younger sister is much intrigued with why a mantlepiece is so called and it would be very handy if you were to explain this to me. Please mail me back.



    Answer:

    Fireplaces were originally out on the floor in middle of the room. When they were moved to a position in a wall (and chimneys added), there was a gap between the fireplace and the wall to be covered. Probably originally intended to conceal or cover this gap, mantels became an architectural and often elaborate decoration to frame a favorite place in the house.
    Hope your sister keeps you and others hopping with her curiosity.
     
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