FEW cookers can claim to have inspired a literary genre.
The “Aga Sagas” of novelist Joanna Trollope, which are set in Middle England, have become essential reading for millions.
Now the upmarket cooker firm Aga Rangemaster is at the centre of a takeover tussle after revealing US electronic appliances giant Whirlpool is considering a bid to rival Middleby’s £129 million offer.
Swedish Nobel Prize-winning physicist Gustaf Dalen built the first Aga in 1922 and manufacturing was under way in the Midlands seven years later. The ovens are now built in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire.
Aga maker Allied Iron Founders was bought by Midlands-based engineering firm Glynwed in 1969. The Aga part of the business was split from the rest of the company in 2001.
Over the years, the oven has acquired a place in British popular culture - featuring in long-running radio drama series The Archers as well as romance novels that became known as ‘’Aga sagas’’.