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This is our story

From a small company in the heart of northern England to one of the largest manufacturers in Europe. This is the story behind the history and heritage of Stoves.

Laying down our roots

Laying down our roots

Originally based on Scotland Road, Warrington, Stoves Ltd relocated to its current manufacturing facility in Rainhill, Prescot in 1925.

A former World War I munitions site, the new larger premises allowed Stoves to apply its manufacturing expertise and access to quality materials to cookers and the rest, as they say, is history.

Stoves begins life.

They say the way to a person's heart is through their stomach, perhaps this is why Stoves was founded on Valentine's Day 1920.

Originally a manufacturer of sheet metal, the owners recognised that a revolution was happening in British kitchens, with a move away from tiny sculleries to kitchens as we think of them today, and a growing interest in the art of cookery.

Stoves begins life
Our range begins to grow

Our range begins to grow.

By 1937 Stoves Ltd had developed an extensive range of cookers and was exhibiting at the British Industries Fair, one of the most important exhibition centres in the UK, which for two weeks every year was the most visited attraction in the country.

The site would eventually become home to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). Visitors to the show that year were shown Stoves' range of gas cookers, including the "Bakerloo", "Newhome", "Reliable" and "Kitchenette" models.

Developing a reputation.

Throughout the 1920s and early '30s Stoves developed a reputation for manufacturing excellence, producing oil powered stoves and a range of camping stoves which remain popular with collectors today.

However, innovation really began with the arrival of new owners - Falk, Stadelmann & Co of Farringdon Road, London - who had built a reputation for themselves during wartime for manufacturing lighting, cooking and heating appliances.

Our range begins to grow

Success Recognised.

The brand's runaway success again attracted outside interest and, in 1971, Stoves became part of newly formed company - Newhome-Veritas - which was then acquired by manufacturing giant of the time, Valor, which was looking to diversify from heating appliances.

Economically liberated post-war Britain.
Economically liberated post-war Britain.

Economically liberated post-war Britain.

As Britain emerged from the post-war years into the economically liberated 1950s, things like American toasters, sliced bread, instant coffee and pre-sugared cereals invaded the home and people began to expect more of their appliances.

The 'Newhome' model had become more popular and Stoves responded in the 1960s by expanding the range and launching the Newhome line, a collection of products which included several innovative firsts, such as a hotplate ignition button and the first self-cleaning oven lining. One of the most popular products was the Newhome Cabaret. By 1971, the Newhome had an unprecedented 15% of the UK cooking market and took pride of place in kitchens up and down the UK.

Management Buy-out.

In 1989 a small but ambitious leadership team staged a management buy-out with the aim of making Stoves Ltd "a world class player" in the arena of gas cooking. The team re-invested in the Rainhill factory and re-engineered and strengthened its range. The Stoves MD at the time said: "Back in the 1920s and 1930s, cookers were built to last. They were simple, sturdily built and reliable. They are the values we want to promote."

Training our future.

In 1993 Stoves opened its own training school to provide training for first year engineering apprentices and re-training for the long term unemployed becoming a major employer in the area, creating 200 new jobs in just four years.

Stoves' innovative and beautifully designed cookers and ovens took pride of place in the UK's leading department stores, including John Lewis and Selfridges, and the company began to sell its products overseas.

Innovation fuels growth.

In 1994 Stoves launched Stoves Newhome, a mid-price range which was extended to include freestanding cookers as well as built-in hobs and ovens and, by 1995, the brand had the most comprehensive range of cookers on the market.

Innovations continued to emerge from the factory, including the Stoves 900GTF fanned gas double oven and the 600GR re-ignition hob.

Cutting-edge

Cutting-edge.

The end of the '90s was marked by the introduction of the unique, high spec Rotostar collection of built-in gas ovens incorporating a breakthrough burner technology which spun rapidly inside a circulating fan.

The only built-in oven of its type on the market, Stoves Rotostar technology was a long time in development and won much acclaim when it was launched.

Ongoing innovation.

Throughout the early '90s, Stoves fought off competition from overseas brands due to the strength of its collections. In addition, the brand was known for introducing high-tech special features, which appealed to the increasingly tech savvy UK consumer.

The '90s saw the introduction of new oven doors that were stronger, easier to clean and easier to manufacture; a Powercool system that kept the oven casing at no more than blood temperature when in use; and a self-cleaning gas ceramic Maxigrill.

Continued growth.

Stoves acquired New World in the late '90s, renaming itself the Stoves Group and continued to grow and innovate, particularly in the growing Range Cooker sector.

Royal Awards.

The new millennium saw Stoves achieve its eleventh year of record growth and HRH Prince Charles awarded his personal Prince of Wales Medal for Industrial Design to the Stoves 1200 Dfa range. Made from food grade stainless steel it had a seven-burner gas hotplate and two large electric ovens.

In 2012 Stoves and GDHA received the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2012 in the International Trade category after overseas sales of its British-made products increased by 880%. The award was presented during a visit by HRH The Duke of Kent.

HRH Prince Charles awarded his personal Prince of Wales Medal for Industrial Design
Queen's Award for Enterprise 2012 in the International Trade category

Leading the way.

Always focused on improvement, parent company GDHA invested £.5m into its newest, British-made Stoves Range Cookers in 2016. The investment in the 26-acre Rainhill manufacturing site has ensured the introduction of several new added-value features including one-piece, tempered Uni-cast™ steel frames on all Range Cookers, elevated pan supports, Pro-Trac™ double extension telescopic sliders, advanced touch-slide induction precision control knobs and one-piece hotplates made from catering-grade stainless steel.

Still going strong.

2018 sees Stoves leading the way in Range Cooker innovation once again, introducing the first range cooker with Bluetooth® connectivity; adding the supersized Titan™ Oven to all 90cm models, offering an unrivalled 91 litre capacity; and unveiling the flexibility of the Quad™ Oven Proflex™ Splitter, which means every Stoves Deluxe Range Cooker has four ovens.

Stoves' love affair with cooking started on Valentine's Day 1920 and almost 100 years later, it's still going strong.