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Sidney Flavel and Co

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Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum. (Detail).
Kitchen range at Lacock Abbey
May 1931.
April 1933.
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December 1933. Flavel Production.
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Flavel stove Duette Mark III.
Flavel stove Duette Mark III.

Flavels of Leamington, of Eagle Foundry, Leamington, Warwickshire. Telephone: Leamington 100. Telegraphic Address: "Flavels, Leamington".

1777 Company founded when John Flavel acquired a foundry in Bilton near Rugby

1803 Moved to Leamington Spa

William Flavel, John's son, invented the Kitchener range cooker, which was made in cast iron and could be used for boiling, roasting, baking and warming.

1844 William died

1851 Awarded gold prize medal at the 1851 Great Exhibition for "Cooking Apparatus (and Special Approbation)"[1]

1855 Dissolution of the Partnership between Sidney Flavel and William Henry Betts, Ironfounders and Kitchen Range Manufacturers, at Leamington-Priors, and at Emscote, in the borough of Warwick[2]

1869 Advert for their patented Kitchener (oven).

1869 Expiration of the Partnership between Sidney Flavel and William Henry Betts, carrying on business as Manufacturers of Flavel's Prize Kitcheners, at Leamington Priors, in the county of Warwick, under the style or firm of Sidney Flavel and Company, by effluxion of time. The business was carried on by Sidney Flavel and his son, Sidney Flavel, junior.[3]

1902 Company incorporated - Flavel Range and Imperial Gas Stoves Ltd.

1914 Name changed.

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. "Kabineat" All-Porcelain Enclosed Gas Cooker, "Kitchen-Grand" Stainless Steel Enclosed Cooker, "Elf" Wall-type Cooker, "J" Series Cookers, "Radiant-Panel" Gas Heaters, Built-in and Independent Gas Fires, "Metro" Gas-ignited Coke Fires, "Metro-Log" Gas Fire, "Paradise" Gas Grill. (Stand Nos. Ca.607 and Ca.506) [4]

1939 Death of Percy William Flavel, Managing Director[5]

1944 Public issue of shares

1947 Acquired W. Whitehouse and Sons (Halesowen) Ltd as the start of a process of bringing material supplies more under the company's control.

1950 Acquired General Stampers Ltd and Hert Wares Ltd

1951 Acquired Bersham Foundry Ltd when permission was refused for expansion of Halesowen foundry

1952 Welbeck Street Fireplace Galleries Ltd sold some of the company's products; another subsidiary G. Matthews had not traded for some years past[6]

1954 Acquired National Water Heater Co to broaden the range of products[7]

1956 Patent - Improvements in or relating to boilers.

1961 Manufacturers of gas cookers, hotplates, water heaters, fires, clothes dryers, bakers' ovens, solid fuel cookers, grates and boiling units. 1,300 employees. [8]

1962 Patent - Door handle.

1969 Introduced Flavel Debonair radiant gas fire

1972 Acquired by Glynwed.[9]

2001 Glynwed became AGA Foodservice

At some point Flavel was sold to Beko; Rangemaster cookers continued to be made at Leamington Spa.

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 17 Oct 1851
  2. London Gazette 16 March 1855
  3. London Gazette 11 Jan 1870
  4. 1937 British Industries Fair Page 364
  5. London Gazette 26 May 1939
  6. The Times, Apr 16, 1952
  7. The Times, Nov 24, 1954
  8. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  9. The Times, Jun 07, 1972