Selecting The Perfect Victorian Cast Iron Radiator

Posted: Friday, November 24, 2023

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The size of a room, BTU and interior decor should all be considered when choosing a Victorian Cast Iron Radiator. Each model holds a unique character that enhances the originality of traditional homes or brings vintage charm to modern settings. Victorian Column designs are available in multiple heights and sizes to ensure that enough warmth is generated to create a cosy atmosphere. Available in over 10,000 colours and finishes, Trads’ Cast Iron Radiators are hand built to suit any interior. 

Victorian Cast Iron Radiator

The History Of Cast Iron Radiators

1857 saw the birth of Cast Iron Radiators in St Petersburg, designed to replace smoky fireplaces with a safer and more efficient heating method. The innovative appliance was soon adopted by wealthier classes in Great Britain, soon becoming a must-have in affluent homes. Victorian Cast Iron Radiator models are adorned with elaborate designs, reflecting the intricate artistry of the time. 

The use of Cast Iron was not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical, as the material’s high thermal mass enabled efficient heat retention, providing a steady warmth to interiors. The 20th century saw the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements leave their mark on Cast Iron Radiator models, before the emergence of more minimalist and modern designs. Today, replicas from each time period offer beautiful period design to suit any home. 

Trads’ Victorian Cast Iron Radiator Models

Victorian 2 Column

The Victorian 2 Column boasts a narrow profile, making it the ideal choice for more enclosed settings, such as hallways and landings. By increasing the width and number of sections, the necessary BTU can be matched to the size of the surrounding space.

Victorian 4 Column 

Available in 5 heights, the Victorian 4 Column is a versatile option, suited to many different spaces. Sleek and straightforward in design, this popular model complements traditional properties, modern homes, industrial settings, offices, restaurants and even castles.  

Victorian 6 Column

This Victorian Cast Iron Radiator is an excellent choice for large, open spaces. Its remarkable heat output and eye-catching style contribute to home comfort and design. Being more chunky than other models, the Victorian 6 Column transforms a heating system into an interesting focal point. 

Victorian 9 Column 

At a height of just 330mm, the Victorian 9 Column sits beautifully beneath bay windows. First produced in America in the 1880s, the model gives period settings an authentic finish, however, its clean, simple lines can also enhance contemporary spaces. 

Manufacturing A Victorian Cast Iron Radiator

Each section of a Victorian Cast Iron Radiator is sand-cast using CNC moulds and 3D modelling techniques. This creates defined lines and decoration, bringing each design to life. Sections are fettled and rubbed down to ready them for painting, polishing or hand-burnishing. Each component is primed and painted individually to ensure a high-quality finish and hand-burnished pieces highlight decorative elements. This process creates deviations from uniformity, giving each radiator a uniqueness that cannot be achieved through automated mass production. 

Once dry, radiator sections are assembled by hand using robust connectors and high-quality seals. During testing, a higher pressure than found in domestic homes is applied to the radiator to ensure the model is functioning well. The combination of expert workmanship and rigorous testing allows Trads to pair every model they manufacture with a lifetime guarantee. After testing, a finishing paint is applied and a final quality check is carried out before despatch.  

Contact Trads

For help finding the perfect Victorian Cast Iron Radiator, trust Trads. Download our brochure or browse our website to view the full collection, or book a factory visit to see the manufacturing process in action. Email for general enquiries or call 01400 263320 to speak with a member of our team directly. 


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