Q&A Why is a mantlepiece so called?

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

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    Nov 27, 2012

    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.


    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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