Open For Business
Established over 150 years ago, Bower and Child has its roots as suppliers and installers of fireplaces and cast iron kitchen ranges for Huddersfield and the surrounding villages.
Bower & Child started as iron mongers making their own cast iron range cookers.
Esse - A Unique Client List
Florence Nightingale was passionate about Esse cookers and would use no other brand at her hospital in Balaclava.
British explorers, Shackleton and Scott relied on Esse cookers on their expeditions in some of the world’s coldest and most inhospitable places.
Built To Last
An early Esse range with additional hob and oven. The one shown above would have suited a large Victorian family with a small number of servants. Small ones with open grates, the early Esse and Belle ranges, are often found in architectural reclamation yards.
Early Gas Stoves
Windsor produced some of the first commercial gas stoves. These two cookers featured in Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, published in 1904.
The Induction Cooker was born
An early induction cooker patent from 1909.
World’s First Heat Storage Cooker
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr Gustaf Dalén invented the worlds first heat-storage cooker. After a failed experiment cost him his sight, he was confined to his home and became inspired to create a better, more efficient cooker.
Heat Storage Cooker Sales Soar
In 1931 a total of 322 AGA cookers were bought, with sales soaring to 1,705 just 12 months later. In addition to this, over 50 fireplaces would be delivered to Bower & Child every Monday morning for distribution around the Huddersfield area that week.
An advertising campaign from 1955 advertising the fact that the Esse Century was the the only storage cooker that could burn any solid fuel.
Official AGA, Rayburn and Supplier
Sales, installation and servicing of these cast iron cookers now form the backbone of the business.
AGA Launches Landmark Model
In 1985 the first electric AGA range cooker was born. The cookers were designed to be vented to a small pipe, then fanned to the outside. This removed the need for a flue on the cooker.
ESSE launches Carbon Neutral woodfired cooker
The Esse Woodfired cooker is designed for continuous use, being designed to easily be kept alight for long periods. Inside its unique firebox, combustion is so effective that virtually all of the fuel is ‘incinerated’ cleanly, producing maximum heat and minimal ash.
The Woodfired is the cooker of choice for those seeking a carbon neutral alternative fuel, and it is the preferred brand at River Cottage.
The team at Bower and Child is reviewed and more staff are employed. This includes the new position of Showroom Manager, who was later to become GM.
Bower & Child Rebrands
Bower and Child undertakes a re-brand as they branch out to partner with more quality cooker manufacturers. This marks the change from being AGA exclusive and a move to embrace the wider market.
Change of ownership
Bower and Child’s current management buy the company from the retiring owner. Their history with the business for over 14 years will ensure continuity within the company as they look forward to making changes and embrace more modern approaches.
Still independent and family owned
Returning to trading after the pandemic, Bower and Child are made of sterner stuff. Still independent and family owned, we are proud to retain our Victorian values by supplying quality products and providing superb customer service.
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