All about Agas

Country Life Every Week - - In The Driving Seat -

• Dr Gustaf Dalen in­vented the Aga in 1922 while con­fined to his home af­ter be­ing blinded in an ex­per­i­ment. He wit­nessed how labour-in­ten­sive ranges were to op­er­ate and so de­vel­oped the world’s first heat-stor­age cooker

• Once fu­elled by coal, most Agas are now pow­ered by gas, oil and elec­tric­ity

• The Aga has been given only small ‘tweaks’ over the decades, such as wider lid han­dles, springs to make the lids lighter and, dur­ing the 1970s only, a sliver of colour around the base of the lid to match the front

• The first Agas were made only in cream, but, to­day, there are 12 colours

• Ev­ery cooker is still made by hand in Coal­brook­dale , Shrop­shire

• Agas are sold in at least 22 coun­tries, in­clud­ing China and Rus­sia

• Prices for a two-oven Aga start from £8,445, with five-oven mod­els from £12,295 For more in­for­ma­tion, tele­phone 0845 712 5207 or visit www. agaliv­

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