History of our Building
In 1815, Michael Vaughan's great, great, great grandfather, William Vaughan I, started the business in Tonbridge Road, Maidstone as a monumental mason specialising in fireplaces.
His son, William II, won a prize at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London from the Prince Consort, Prince Albert, for designing a 'machine for the erection of chimney pieces.'
William II's son, Edmund, expanded the business to be a builders' merchant, still specialising in fireplaces and named it, surprisingly, Edmund Vaughan Limited.
Edmund had two sons, Edmund John and William, who ran the business until after the second world war. William III's son, Reginald, followed on then retired having been chairman of the National Fireplace Council which, Michael III continued along with the business until 2010.
Michael Vaughan commented, "After 200 years of fireplace production and selling in Maidstone, I am thrilled that the fireplace business is to continue in the County Town of Maidstone on the same site in Tonbridge Road. Long may it succeed!"