1970

The Wells Family

1970

The Wells family move to the Island

Alfred J Wells with his wife Eileen and their nine children. Standing from left: Alistair, Pete, Alan, John, Tim and Phil. Seated from left: Alfred with Roger, Eileen, Pam and Paul.

1972

Niton

Established in 1972, by Alfred Wells and two of his sons. Started as a small engineering business in Niton on the Isle of Wight.

1972

Westminster Road

1972

Alfred Wells and the boys

1973

Ironworks

In addition to tractor and machinery repairs the company diversified into ironworks, creating gates, railings and fire escapes for homes and hotels across the island.

1973

ironworks

1974

Fire Hoods

1974

Ironworks & Fire Hoods

Work also included freestanding fireplaces.

1974

The Beacon

A combination of the 70s oil crisis and the spread of Dutch Elm Disease in the UK led to the company producing their first woodburning stove. Oil prices had rocketed but there was a plentiful supply of wood so consumers were looking at alternative ways in which to heat their homes. The Charnwood Beacon Stove was born

1974

The Beacon

1975

The Beacon Brochure

The first stove leaflet was block printed by Island printers Crossprint – the same company we use to print our brochures today.

1975

1975 charnwood beacon

1976

1976 charnwood Beacon

1976

The Beacon

The first marketing image complete with dog.

1978

The Charnwood CH

The success of the Beacon led to development of a second stove the CH:. an 11KW stove with a vitreous enamel exterior and double glazed doors.

1978

1978 charnwood CH

1980

The Charnwood CHB

Charnwood’s first purpose built boiler stove, the CHB was launched providing enough heat for hot water and 6 radiators.

1980

1980 charnwood CHB

1980

1980 charnwood shop

1980

Westminster Lane, Newport

A.J Wells & Sons soon out-grew the Niton workshop and moved to Westminster Lane in Newport.

1981

The Charnwood LW

The range of stoves continued to grow. The LW was launched in 1981 designed for the smaller room

1981

1981 charnwood LW

1982

Stove Shows

The Charnwood brand became more established as the company exhibited at agricultural shows across the UK

1982

1982 Charnwood stove shows

1983

The Charnwood SW

The SW was added to the range of stoves to cover potential heating requirement from 6kW to 11kW

1983

1983 charnwood SW

1983

1983 press

1983

Local Press

“During the last 6 years, the partnership of A.J Wells & Sons has established and successfully developed the business of assembling and marketing multi-fuel fires, selling widely at home and abroad. Throughout this period, the Bank [Lloyds] has fully supported this progress with essential finance and a range of other services”

1984

The Charnwood CW 50 / 50B

The Charnwood CW range was introduced starting with the freestanding CW50 and CW50B. This range included an innovative multi-fuel grate for burning many types of fuel.

1984

1984 Charnwood CW 50

1985

The Charnwood CW 40 / 40B

The CW 40 and CW 40B followed shortly afterwards.

1986

1986 charnwood CW 40

1987

1987 charnwood CW 45

1987

The Charnwood CW 20i / 45iB / 50iB

Further additions to the CW range were introduced. These were designed to be inset into the wall.

1988

The Charnwood CW 20i / 45iB / 50iB

Wellington the Cocker Spaniel became the first ‘face’ of Charnwood

1988

1988 charnwood CW 20

1989

The Charnwood Fireflow

Charnwood launched a revolutionary new stove concept. The fireflow was a self refuelling and ash clearing stove.

1989

1989 charnwood Fireflow

1989

1989 charnwood Fireflow

1989

Fireflow

The fireflow could be operated by remote control to control the amount of anthracite added to the fire to increase or decrease heat and flame. Weather man Michael Fish with Philip Wells.

1989

1989 charnwood wells

1990

New Vitreous Enamel Plant

In 1990 A.J Wells & Sons installed their own vitreous enamel plant enabling stoves to be enamelled in house.This major investment was the start of a new direction for the company: A.J Wells & Sons Vitreous Enamellers.

1990

1990 Enamel plant

1990

The Charnwood Fireclass

The Fireclass was bought to the market. European inspired with a single, vitreous enamel door.

1990

1990 charnwood Fireclass

1992

The Charnwood Country 8

The Charnwood Country 8 was launched. The new range had an exceptionally cleanburn airwash system and sophisticated riddling grate. Comedian Tommy Cannon with his Country 8

The Country 8

1992

1992 charnwood Country 8

1993

The Charnwood LA 20i / 30iB

The LA (Local Authority) range was developed. This full central heating range was designed specifically for business and council properties.

The LA

1993

1993 charnwood LA20

1993

1993 charnwood Country 12

1993

The Charnwood Country 12

The success of the Country 8 led on to the expansion of the Country range. The 12kW Country 12 was designed for bigger homes and open plan living areas.

The Country 12

1995

1995 charnwood Country 6

1995

The Charnwood Country 6

The popular Country 6 was added to the Country range of stoves.

The Country 6

1996

Factory move to Bishops Way, Newport

The business outgrew the Westminster Lane site and in 1996 the company moved the entire outfit to one building on Bishops Way, Newport.

1996

1999 charnwood Bishops way

1997

Anki Chimney Systems

A.J Wells & Sons expanded the stove business by offering pumice chimney systems imported from Denmark.

Anki

1997

1997 Anki products

1998

The Charnwood Country 4

The iconic Country 4 was launched.

The Country 4

1998

Charnwood Country 4

1999

The Charnwood Country 14B

The Country range expanded yet again with the launch of a full central heating boiler model – The Country 14B

1999

1999 Charnwood country 14b

1999

Charnwood France

The company began to investigate the French stove market. The first sales to France were made.

1999

1999 charnwood france

2000

The Charnwood SLX

Charnwood introduced the new SLX multifuel range. A contemporary enamelled twin door stove available as a roomheater or boiler model.

The SLX 20

2000

Charnwood SLX

2000

The Charnwood OLX

Launched alongside the SLX the OLX was an oil fired central heating boiler model.

2000

Charnwood OLX

2002

Bodj Products

Charnwood began working alongside Bright Arrows Development Ltd in Cambodia to develop a range of ethically sourced fireside accessories and hearth tiles to complement the stove.

Bodj Website

2002

Bodj Fairtrade Fireside

2002

The Charnwood Island I & II

The Island range was launched at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Pheobe the black Labrador was unveiled as the new ‘face’ of Charnwood.

Island I

Island II

2002

Charnwood Island I and II

2002

Charnwood Premier Dealers

Coinciding with the launch of the Island range, Charnwood established it’s Premier Dealership scheme carefully selecting the best UK and Irish stove shops to sell exclusive Charnwood products.

2002

Charnwood Premier Dealers

2002

The Charnwood Grosvenor

Based on the Country 4 the Grosvenor gas fired stove was brought to market.

2002

Grosvenor

2003

Charnwood Exhibitions

Charnwood continued to tour the UK’s agricultural shows with live display show trailers.

2003

Charnwood Exhibitions

2003

Charnwood France

The company exhibited for the first time at the Batimat trade fair in Paris. Soon after a permanent French office was established.

2003

Charnwood France

2003

The Charnwood Island III

The 12kW Island III was added to the range.

Island III

2003

Charnwood Island III

2004

Charnwood Japan

Export markets continued to grow for Charnwood. Moving into Japan.

2004

2004 Japan

2004

Charnwood South Africa

…and into South Africa.

2004

2004

Charnwood Rebranded

The new Charnwood logo and branding was launched.

2004

Charnwood logo

2004

Exhibitions

Charnwood continue to exhibit internationally and across the UK.

2004

Charnwood Exhibitions

2005

The Charnwood Cove 2 & 3

The Charnwood Cove range was launched at Priory Bay Country House. Over 100 guests from around the world arrived by Hovercraft – landing on the beach.

2005

2005 charnwood Cove 2 and 3 launch

2005

The Charnwood Cove 3

The Charnwood Cove 3 was designed to burn a 50cm log – ideal for the rapidly expanding French market.

Cove 3

2005

Charnwood Cove 3

2005

Bodj Basketware

Charnwood began working with a number of small basket producers to add to their fair trade fireside range.

2005

Bodj Products

2006

The Charnwood Cove 1

The small 5kW Cove 1 completed the Cove range.

Cove 1

2006

Charnwood Cove 1

2007

The Charnwood Island IIIB

The Island IIIB full central heating stove was launched.

Island IIIB

2007

Charwnood Island IIIb

2007

The Charnwood Country 16B

The Country 16B full central heating stove was launched.

Country 16B

2007

Charnwood Country 16b

2008

The Charnwood Cove 2B

The Cove 2B full central heating stove was launched.

Cove 2B

2008

Charnwood Cove 2B

2008

The British Design Awards

Working in partnership with Elle Decoration Magazine, Graham & Brown and Kuchen Lab, Charnwood hosted the British Design Awards 2008. As part of the publicity Charnwood’s stoves were photographed at London’s Wallace Collection.

2008

Design awards

2008

Wallace Collection

As part of the publicity Charnwood’s stoves were photographed at London’s Wallace Collection.

2008

Elle Deco Magazine

2008

Investment

Charnwood undertake a £3 million plan to streamline production.

2008

Charnwood investment

2009

Launch of the Charnwood Tor

The Charnwood Tor was unveiled at a spectacular lake side ceremony at Wootton Creek on the Isle of Wight. The Tor was Charnwood’s most innovative stove to date. A freestanding contemporary fire with 3 large glass viewing panels.

Tor

2009

Charnwood Tor Launch

2009

The Queens Awards for Enterprise

Awarded the Queens Awards for Enterprise: International Trade

2009

Queens awards

2010

The Charnwood Tor Pico

The Tor Pico, a scaled down version of the Tor, was launched.

Tor Pico

2010

2010

Charnwood Island store stand & high legs

Optional store stands and high legs for the Island range were introduced.

2010

Charnwood store stand Island

2010

The New Charnwood Dog

Rona was introduced and trained up as the new ‘face’ as Phoebe nears retirement.

2010

Rona

2011

The C-Four

The C-Four is unveiled and becomes Charnwood’s fastest selling stove to date.

C-Four

2011

Charnwood c-four

2011

The Fat Lip

Bodj’s latest basket the ‘Fat Lip’ designed by New Zealand designer Chris Jackson launches to rave reviews winning two international design awards.

The Fat Lip

2011

Bodj Fat Lip

2011

Charnwood in North America & Canada

Charnwood move into North America and Canada.

2011

Charnwood North America

2012

Charnwood Island IICT

Charnwood launch the island IICT – a new cooking top stove designed to work in open-plan living spaces where lounging, cooking and dining areas are merged.

Island IICT

2012

Island IICT

2012

Wells family

2012

Launch of the C-Five

Similar output to the C-Four but with landscape proportions.

C-Five

2012

Charnwood C-Five

2012

Launch of the C-Six

Similar proportions to the C-Four but higher oputput.

C-Six

2012

Charnwood C-Six

2012

Launch of the C-Seven

Similar proportions to the C-Five but larger with a higher output.

C-Seven

2012

Charnwood C-Seven

2012

Launch of the C-Eight

The largest stove in the C-Series.

C-Eight

2012

Charnwood C-Eight

2014

Launch of the Bay 5 and bay 5 GT

An award winning insert wood burning stove.

Bay 5

2014

Charnwood Bay 5

2016

Launch of the Charnwood Arc

The Charnwood Arc is a revolutionary new multi-fuel stove. It simplifies the process of burning wood and smokeless fuels setting the bench mark for a new generation of modern, clean burning stoves.

Arc

2016

Charnwood Arc

2017

Launch of the Charnwood Skye

The Charnwood Skye is a new state-of-the-art stove with a remarkably efficient combustion system. It’s innovative burn technology ensures efficiencies of up to 86% and exceeds the new Eco Design standards and Defra exemption limits; allowing wood to be burnt cleanly in smoke control areas.

Skye

2017

Charnwood Skye