We then slowly proceeded to remove the remaining plaster off the fireplace to reveal the rest of the beam and all the stonework.
The fireplace was in generally good condition considering it had been covered up for hundreds of years. The beam was great, but all the lime mortar pointing around the stone had crumbled away.
The fireplace was structurally sound. As the picture shows, the Bath Stone fireplace was removed, this revealed a further Victorian fireplace behind it and then a 3rd fireplace from around 1800.
This is quite normal practice, as trends change fireplaces are covered over with new ones. Sadly no bread oven was found.