Fireplace, Portuguese


The curious sounding Portuguese Fireplace is a memorial to be found in the New Forest and commemorates the sterling endeavours of an Iberian army unit which helped with timber production during the first world war. The fireplace formed part of the original cookhouse, and traces of Alheira de Mirandela can still be found baked into the brickwork.

Similar commemorative structures can be found in a number of UK national parks, including:

Spanish Flue – a 60 ft (18.3 m) high chimney in the Peak District, marking the role of Catalonian steeplejacks in the building and maintenance of cotton mills.

Belgian Wardrobe – located near Clydach in the Brecon Beacons and originally filled with scarves and socks knitted by the people of Antwerp for local hill farmers and their families.

Norwegian Trivet – set at the summit of Helvellyn in the Lake District, although probably inadvertently abandoned there by the Scandinavian soldiers who mistakenly invaded the area in 1943, thinking it was a Novgorodian enclave in Northern Russia.