Wow steeley, I've never seen an Aga that old. A lot of my clients have them down here. They are cool looking, but I feel they are a waste in the South. All the wasted gas/heat, having to reinforce the floor underneath(they weigh tons-literally) and sometimes having to install an additional AC unit to compensate for the eternal heat they emit...............
............Also if I try to cook anything on the top of the stove, it drains the heat from the oven sections.
But they look cool.
And I think to some people here it is a status symbol as well.