chimney corner

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chimney corner (plural chimney corners)

  1. The side of an open fireplace or hearth in a home, traditionally thought of as a place for the old or unwell.
    • 1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, printed at London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821:
      , II.8:
      It is meere injustice to see an old, crazed, sinew-shronken, and nigh dead father sitting alone in a Chimney-corner, to enjoy so many goods as would suffice for the preferment and entertainment of many children, and in the meane while, for want of meanes, to suffer them to lose their best dayes and yeares, without thrusting them into publike service and knowledge of men [].
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles:
      it was Angel Clare's custom to sit in the yawning chimney-corner during the meal, his cup-and-saucer and plate being placed on a hinged flap at his elbow.