You're welcome Townsend. I hope I'm helping
I too have an old victorian era house, I'd love to see photos of your home. My place is on it's third or fourth version of heat, this was an old farmhouse, so at first it probably had a big iron cookstove for heat, cooking and hot water. Next, I can see old ducts from a previous hot air furnace, probably one of the 'octopus' gravity furnaces.
Then a 'single pipe' hot water heat system was installed, [an odd-ball system] with an oil fired boiler, that was converted to propane. Later this was changed out for a newer propane boiler.
Your place probably has plaster walls and nice woodwork. If you are undergoing any renovations, and you can plumb for hot water baseboard, then the best coal heat available is a stoker fed boiler. They are pretty much plug and play. Just keep the hopper full and empty the ashpan.
Since you have an old house, was it ever coal heated?? it may have a coal bin in the basement already?? Can you get bulk coal delivery in your area??
Or do you have a useable fireplace in a main room on the first floor? You may be able to use a fireplace insert to your advantage. Hitzer makes a hopper-fed insert that looks nice and only has to be tended once a day. PM forum member 'davemich' for details. The Hitzer inserts are reasonably priced too.
Anyway, you may have lots of options available, or depending on the layout of your house only a few choices. One major determining factor is your available chimney.
I put in a remote boiler to feed hot water to the house for my hot water heat and domestic hot water. I do have to go outside to tend my boiler, but this was the best way for my setup. I had no available chimney space in my place. And terrible access to the basement.
Take care, post some photos if you can. Greg L