Rooms with a Flue

Photo: Stephen

Thought the occasional series on post boxes was a little racy? Well hold onto your hats, chaps. The Phantom has set spectral sight on…..drumrolll…

Unusual chimneys.

Yeah. That’s right. There’s nowhere this blog won’t go…

This one’s a good example of a pot I’d like to see Santa try to get down. In fact I’d like to see anything get down. And of course that’s the point. Stephen was curious about this oddity in Gloucester Circus and once he mentioned it, so was I.

His brother came up with the answer – apparently there used to be problems with downdraft that could fill rooms with smoke. The vertical tube aims to reduce the effect as the air can get out of the lower tube instead of the chimney. It also reduces the amount of rain that goes down the chimney.

I guess that leaves me with one more question – if this is such a great gadget why is there only one fitted – and why don’t we see more of these flue-finials? Any Phantom Chimney Sweeps out there who can enlighten me?

All this leads me to my next quest – I’m looking for unusual chimney pots. Let’s see what Greenwich can chuck at the Phantom Pot-Fancier…


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6 Comments to “Rooms with a Flue”

  1. Alexander says:

    You only need the one to let the pressure out. Consider a balloon with a single hole in it – puff as hard as you like and you’ll never blow it up.

  2. Capability Bowes says:

    erm, dont most balloons only have a single hole – the one you put your mouth to and blow?

  3. Crawfie says:

    The pot in question is known as a Bathurst monstrosity. The louvered type are known as Fotheringay’s Fag-ends.

  4. Capability Bowes says:

    I noticed today that the Angerstein has one of these strange things on its chimney pot as well.

  5. Stephen says:

    Well spotted Capability. I’ve just found it on Google street view, good one.

  6. Capability Bowes says:

    If I hadn’t read the Phant’s post I would never have noticed it!