1854: a momentous year!

1854 was a great year for range-cooking stoves as ESSE were established. But 1854 was memorable for other reasons too. Here are a few of them.

Charles Dickens publishes Hard Times.

The Charge of the Light Brigade takes place in the Crimea. Later the same year Alfred Lord Tennyson writes his famous poem of the same name; ‘Half a league, half a league, half a league on-wards, rode the six hundred’

Florence Nightingale leaves England with a group of nurses to help look after wounded British soldiers fighting against Russian forces in the Crimea. Her efforts there will lead to the birth of modern nursing.

Oscar Wilde is born.

Cheltenham Ladies College is formed. Like ESSE, it is still going strong today.

Pull up a chair (and an Eccles cake) and browse our stunning ESSE range of cookers and stoves.