The Lenard Fireback

This is one of the most interesting firebacks as it depicts Richard Lenard, who succeeded his father as tenant of the iron foundry at Brede in 1605. He is standing in the centre with his heavy hammer in his hand, surrounded by the tools of the iron industry, while his dog leaps up to greet him. In the bottom right-hand corner a fireback is shown with his initials R.L. and in the left-hand corner is a brick furnace with a wheelbarrow above containing charcoal. This is the earliest representation of the exterior of an English furnace. Along the top rim (below the scroll) are the words RICHARD LENARD FOVNDER AT BRED FOURNIS and it is dated 1636.

Lenard Fireback

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