An Aga tour of Lancashire and Northumberland!

I was on an Aga tour of the north of England yesterday and Tuesday! I did a mini-refurb and re-insulate of a 1980's Aga in Lancashire and the next morning headed for Northumberland. I found myself driving along Hadrian's wall at dawn and had to stop, magical. When I arrived I re-enamelled the Aga and massively improved the insulation - the photos show quite a nice series.

Hadrians wall Aga

Aga with original insulation from the 1960s

This shows the original insulation from when the Aga was installed in the 1960's, very poor! 

Aga vermiculite insulation

When I removed the top blanket you can see where there would have been big air gaps underneath, very bad for efficiency. 

Re-insulated AGA with new rock wool and vermiculite

I topped up the vermiculite and put a new, huge!, top blanket on. All of this is squeezed under the new hob that you see below.

Re-enamelled Aga in Northumberland

Matthew Bates
Matthew Bates


Matthew is from a farming family near Bath and a graduate of King's College London who decided not to follow the 'standard' path into banking or the law. He has been working with Aga's in some form or another since 2003. Matthew runs Blake and Bull from beautiful Bradford on Avon, near Bath. Alf the golden retriever makes sure the working day finishes at 6pm sharp - dog walk time!