Still pressing on! 1940s iron which won't stop steaming named 'oldest working' in Britain

Chris West with the fully working iron, which has been named the oldest working in Britain – SWNS

It is often said that older household appliances, safe from the technical complexities which can characterise modern designs, tend to be the most reliable.

However, when Ivy Sutton bought a Morphy Richards iron for 41 shillings – £35 in today's money – in the 1940s, little did she know her grandson would still be using it eight decades later.

Now, it has been granted the title of Britain's Oldest Working Iron in a national competition.

Ms Sutton gifted the Morphy Richards Senior model to her grandson, Chris West, as a housewarming present when he moved into his first flat in Catford, South East London, in 1989.

It was so dependable during the 40 years that his grandmother owned it, Mr West wasted no time in fitting it with a more modern plug socket so he could keep using it.

Astonishingly, it has never needed any repairs in its whole lifespan. Mr West is convinced it outperforms its modern rivals.

Mr West, 56, who lives in Petts Wood with his family, said: “My grandmother gave the iron to me when I bought my first flat back in the 80s as a moving in present. It's great that it's still in the family after all these years.

“It's a strange coincidence that I live very close to where the Morphy Richards factory was in Orpington in the old days too.

“It's incredible news that I've won – this is the first online competition I have ever entered, and I'm thrilled.”

'Fascinating' piece of history

Morphy Richards organised the competition to mark its 85th anniversary this year. It invited customers who had held onto irons from years ago to enter.

Mr West was awarded £300 worth of Morphy Richards vouchers as a prize for winning the title of Britain's Oldest Working Iron.

The company said Mr West's iron is a “fascinating” piece of its history.

The Morphy Richards Senior bought by Ms Sutton was launched in 1938 came with a groundbreaking pilot light, to show if the temperature was correct for different fabrics.

Andreas Fredriksson, of Morphy Richards, said: “During our 85 years, we've strived to create groundbreaking products that stand the test of time.

“It's been great to hear Chris' story and to know his grandmother's iron is still going strong after all these years, highlighting a fascinating piece of Morphy Richards history.

“Morphy Richards has certainly grown since starting as a small independent business back in 1936, but our ethos of creating reliable products lives on, and we're proud to have been part of people's homes for 85 years.”

The Morphy Richards Senior was considered a groundbreaking model, as it included a pilot light to show if the temperature was correct for different fabrics – SWNS

Mr West, a cleaning supplies manager, said it still gets creases out of clothes “brilliantly”, which he thinks is due to its solid manufacturing.

'Very retro' – but it does the job

“It is very well built and much heavier as well,” he said.

“It goes far hotter than the modern irons. It has a very hot setting that does linen especially far better than the newer ones.”

Mr West is trying to work out the exact date his grandmother, who passed away in 2000 aged 89, bought it.

“My mum is still alive and she can definitely remember her having it in the 1950s,” he said.

“I also genuinely like the look. It is very retro with old style colours, a muted green they had on motor cars at that point. It is not something I would ever give away. I was told the science museum might be interested but haven't heard back from them.

“My grandmother would be pleased that I have looked after it and it has come to some attention. I was brought up that you just don't waste things or throw them out if there is nothing wrong with them.

“Things were built to last back then. I still have the same saucepans I bought 30 years ago as well. If you buy decent stuff, then it lasts.”

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