An odd photo you might think, but its quite pertinent in that the 1950s paraffin heater pictured, was manufactured in the factory behind.
The factory was built for WH Paul Ltd in 1948, who in the main manufactured domestic and commercial kitchen equipment. But they also manufactured a small range of domestic paraffin heaters, which were popular for use in homes in the post-war period.
The Paul 'Warma' was a blue-flame heater, so it burned hot, minimising fume output. Indeed, it was advertised as having the equivalent output of a 3kw electrical heater.
On the downside, it had a unsealed fuel tank feed, which seems incredible in a domestic setting. It also employed a large asbestos non-consumable circular wick, and the heater itself had a big footprint to give it stability
With the introduction of smokeless fuels, gas fires and central heating, paraffin heaters had largely fallen from favour for heating peoples homes by the end of the 1960s. Most either got scrapped or re-used to heat garages and greenhouses. That said, 1000s of paraffins heaters got a brief reprieve in the power strikes of the early 1970s.
I don't know when production of the 'Warma' ended, but likely by the early 1960s?
Today, very few of these Paul Warma heaters exist, most having long gone to the scrap man.
WH Paul Ltd was bought out by a competitor in the early 1970s and production moved away from the Breaston factory.
As for the wonderfully original post-war factory, that found use as industrial units for many years. Today, it stands empty and awaits demolition for residential redevelopment; It really should be rebuilt at an industrial museum such as Beamish, as so few of these post-war factories exist today.
>>Paul Warma paraffin heater outside the post war WH Paul factory - Breaston 17oct2021
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