Carron electric cooker, c 1912.
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Showing switches and fuseboard. This masive cast-iron cooker is typical of its day. It was originally installed as Croydon's first electric cooker in the home of Samuel Rogers, and was in use until 1970. It comprises four hotplates, a hot closet, a grill and an oven which has two doors, the inner one being made of glas, and is lined with grey enamelled sheets. Its heating elements, at the top and bottom of the oven, are controlled by switches mounted on a wooden board, each having a low, medium and high position.