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Butler / Belfast Sinks

For over four centuries the classic Butler sink has been an iconic part of kitchen design. Initially created for use in the butler’s pantry, the sink rapidly grew in popularity as production methods improved, and people became aware of its versatility. The introduction of sanitation officers in many UK cities meant that various nuances sprang up in the shape of the design. In London, where water was sparse, the sink was designed without weir overflow.
 
Today the Belfast sink can be seen in every kind of kitchen design, in period properties and the most modern of apartments. The Belfast sink is a variant of the Butler sink, the original solid fireclay rectangular sink, installed by the Victorians for their domestic staff. The Belfast is identical to the Butler except for the addition of an overflow weir. One story is that the Belfast sink was originally made for Irish export. In Ireland there was no restriction on water supply and the overflow offered protection against accidental flooding.

 

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  • Franke Belfast BAK710 Ceramic White Kitchen Sink

    Franke Belfast BAK710 Ceramic White Kitchen Sink

    £300.95 £391.24

    (6 reviews)

    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Villeroy & Boch Farmhouse Double Bowl 80 Kitchen Sink

    Villeroy & Boch Farmhouse Double Bowl 80 Kitchen Sink

    £409.99 £509.99

    (1 reviews)

    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 30th Oct 2021
  • Franke Belfast VBK 720 Ceramic Double Bowl Kitchen Sink White

    Franke Belfast VBK 720 Ceramic Double Bowl Kitchen Sink White

    £555.95 £722.74

    (4 reviews)

    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 30th Oct 2021
  • Shaws Butler 600 Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Butler 600 Kitchen Sink

    £446.95 £476.51

    (no review, yet!)

    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 25th Oct 2021
  • Franke VBK Ceramic Belfast Sink Single Bowl Complete with waste White 130.0049.875

    Franke VBK Ceramic Belfast Sink Single Bowl Complete with waste White 130.0049.875

    £399.95 £519.94

    (3 reviews)

    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Shaws Pendle Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Pendle Kitchen Sink

    £315.95 £319.75

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    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Shaws Shaker 900 Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Shaker 900 Kitchen Sink

    £614.95 £1,106.92

    (1 reviews)

    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 22nd Oct 2021
  • Shaws Shaker 800 Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Shaker 800 Kitchen Sink

    £534.95 £576.83

    (1 reviews)

    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Shaws Waterside 800 Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Waterside 800 Kitchen Sink

    £551.95 £626.99

    (2 reviews)

    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Shaws Double 800 Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Double 800 Kitchen Sink

    £585.95 £783.73

    (no review, yet!)

    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 23rd Oct 2021
  • Thomas Denby Legacy 600 Sink

    Thomas Denby Legacy 600 Sink

    £274.99

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    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 10th Oct 2021
  • Caple Butler 800 Kitchen Sink

    Caple Butler 800 Kitchen Sink

    £559.99

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    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 20th Sep 2021
  • Caple Belfast 600 Kitchen Sink

    Caple Belfast 600 Kitchen Sink

    £349.99 £370.00

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    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Thomas Denby Heritage 900 Sink

    Thomas Denby Heritage 900 Sink

    £513.95 £925.10

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    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 31st Oct 2021
  • Caple Yorkshire Kitchen Sink

    Caple Yorkshire Kitchen Sink

    £274.99

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    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 18th Oct 2021
  • Shaws Shaker 1000 Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Shaker 1000 Kitchen Sink

    £719.95 £835.99

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    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 30th Sep 2021
  • Thomas Denby Legacy 800T Sink

    Thomas Denby Legacy 800T Sink

    £329.99 £475.99

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    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 20th Oct 2021
  • Shaws Double 1000 Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Double 1000 Kitchen Sink

    £655.96 £714.77

    (1 reviews)

    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Shaws Waterside Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Waterside Kitchen Sink

    £428.95 £451.43

    (no review, yet!)

    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Thomas Denby Legacy 600T Sink

    Thomas Denby Legacy 600T Sink

    £274.99

    (no review, yet!)

    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 15th Oct 2021
  • Villeroy & Boch Butler 60 (Single bowl sink Module) Kitchen Sink

    Villeroy & Boch Butler 60 (Single bowl sink Module) Kitchen Sink

    £487.19 £719.99

    (2 reviews)

    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Shaws Ribchester 800 Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Ribchester 800 Kitchen Sink

    £730.96 £820.32

    (no review, yet!)

    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Caple Chepstow Kitchen Sink

    Caple Chepstow Kitchen Sink

    £409.99 £499.99

    (no review, yet!)

    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 30th Oct 2021
  • Shaws Bowland 600 Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Bowland 600 Kitchen Sink

    £521.95 £626.99

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    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 30th Dec 2021
  • Villeroy & Boch Butler 90 (Double-bowl sink Modules) Kitchen Sink

    Villeroy & Boch Butler 90 (Double-bowl sink Modules) Kitchen Sink

    £599.99 £644.99

    (no review, yet!)

    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Shaws Edgworth Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Edgworth Kitchen Sink

    £835.96 £1,003.19

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    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Shaws Entwistle Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Entwistle Kitchen Sink

    £579.95 £695.95

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    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Shaws Pennine Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Pennine Kitchen Sink

    £386.95 £463.97

    (1 reviews)

    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Shaws Ribblesdale Kitchen Sink

    Shaws Ribblesdale Kitchen Sink

    £557.95

    (no review, yet!)

    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Caple Butler 600 Kitchen Sink

    Caple Butler 600 Kitchen Sink

    £479.99

    (no review, yet!)

    Multiple Finishes Available Available: 9th Oct 2021
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The Butler sink was typically shallower than a Belfast sink. The deeper Belfast would have been used for washing large items. Since they took time to fill, perhaps a large overflow was seen a useful precaution against inattentive scullery maids?
 
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