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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 One story is that the Belfast sink was originally made for Irish export.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

    £282.95 £344.99

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  • Farmhouse 90 By Villeroy and Boch Dovecote Kitchen Sink

    £479.99 £779.99

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  • Franke Belfast VBK720 Ceramic Kitchen Sink

    £545.95 £625.00

    (4 reviews)

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  • Shaws Butler 1000 Single Bowl Ceramic Kitchen Sink

    £569.99 £699.95

    (2 reviews)

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  • Villeroy & Boch Farmhouse Single Bowl 60 Kitchen Sink

    £334.99 £479.99

    (3 reviews)

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

    £402.95 £587.99

    (3 reviews)

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  • Shaws Butler 600 Kitchen Sink

    £419.99 £455.99

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  • Villeroy & Boch Farmhouse Double Bowl 80 Kitchen Sink

    £407.99 £509.99

    (1 reviews)

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  • Perrin & Rowe Butler 600 Kitchen Sink

    £427.96 £469.99

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  • Shaws Waterside 800 Kitchen Sink

    £527.99 £599.99

    (2 reviews)

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  • Shaws Butler 800 Kitchen Sink With Overflow

    £319.96 £599.99

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  • Chambord Clotaire III White Ceramic Kitchen Sink

    £799.99 £1,109.99

    (1 reviews)

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  • Shaws Shaker 800 Kitchen Sink

    £511.87 £551.99

    (1 reviews)

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  • Caple Belfast 600 Kitchen Sink

    £349.99 £370.00

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  • Chambord Henri II White Ceramic Kitchen Sink

    £794.99 £985.00

    (2 reviews)

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  • Shaws Pendle Kitchen Sink

    £254.99 £305.99

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  • Shaws Waterside Kitchen Sink

    £410.40 £431.99

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  • Shaws Shaker 900 Kitchen Sink

    £549.95 £647.99

    (1 reviews)

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  • Thomas Denby Heritage 900 Sink

    £385.00

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

    £487.19 £719.99

    (2 reviews)

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  • Caple Belfast 915 Kitchen Sink

    £847.98

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  • Chambord Louis I White Ceramic Kitchen Sink

    £724.99 £959.99

    (3 reviews)

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  • Caple Butler 800 Kitchen Sink

    £559.99

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  • Shaws Double 800 Kitchen Sink

    £524.99 £629.99

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  • Caple Chepstow Kitchen Sink

    £409.99 £499.99

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  • Caple Yorkshire Kitchen Sink

    £274.99

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  • Shaws Shaker 1000 Kitchen Sink

    £652.68 £799.99

    (no review, yet!)

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

    £599.99 £644.99

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  • Chambord Henri I White Ceramic Kitchen Sink

    £704.99 £869.99

    (1 reviews)

    Multiple Finishes Available
  • Chambord Philippe II White Ceramic Kitchen Sink

    £599.99 £791.99

    (1 reviews)

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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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