What's this in my fireplace?

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    I've just removed the fire surround (for a modernish electric fire) in my 'new' Victorian house, in preparation for opening up the fireplace for a multi fuel stove. There are modern bricks behind it, which I half-expected to see, but at the bottom (see pic) there is a metallic-looking plate that I didn't. On its left hand side there's a disc with a slot, and the word Open with an arrow above it. I can turn the disc about 90 degrees but it doesn't seem to have any effect - so just thought I'd better find out what it's actually for before I begin demolishing it...
     
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    looks like a soot box door to give access for cleaning the flue.
    Turning the disc should turn a catch , try getting a blade in between the door and frame to lever it out.
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    this is whats on the other side,there may also be a tin inner cover
     
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    Ah, thats great, thanks, will check in the morning. Wonder why they thought it necessary to install that ...
     
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