Based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Splashbacks of Distinction have a real passion for toughened glass in and around the home. We have transformed many properties, both commercial and domestic with our glass splashbacks, for kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. Our toughened glass balustrades, glass shelving and splashbacks with high resolution images have really caught the imagination of people who demand beauty and functionality in their homes and offices.
Based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Splashbacks of Distinction have a real passion for toughened glass in and around the home. Splashbacks of Distinction have transformed many properties, both commercial and domestic with our glass splashbacks, for kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. Our toughened glass balustrades, glass shelving and splashbacks with high resolution images have really caught the imagination of people who demand beauty and functionality in their homes and offices.
The town of Luton is believed to have been founded by the Anglo-Saxons sometime in the 6th century.
The Domesday Book actually records Luton as Loitone and also as Lintone. The agricultural industry dominated the Luton economy at that time, and the town's population was around 700 to 800.
"Domesday" is in fact the Middle English spelling of "Doomsday" and it is a manuscript record of the Great Survey that was ordered to be conducted over much of England and parts of Wales in 1086 by King William I, he was more commonly known as William the Conqueror. Domesday has long been associated with the Latin phrase Domus Dei, meaning "House of God". The manuscript is also known by the Latin name Liber de Wintonia, meaning "Book of Winchester". The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle states that in 1085 the king sent his agents to survey every shire in England, to list his holdings and calculate the dues, or taxes owed to him.
In 1121 Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester commissioned work to be started on a new place of worship, the result was St Mary's Church in the centre of what is now Luton. The work was completed by 1137. A motte-and-bailey castle which gives its name to the modern day Castle Street was built in 1139 but demolished by 1154. The hat making industry took a foothold in Luton in the 17th century and became a major part of the Luton economy.
As the hat and other industries began to gather momentum, Luton began to grow. By 1801 the population of Luton stood at 3,095, but by 1850 it was over 10,000 and by 1901 it was almost 39,000.
As Luton expanded, a need for a local newspaper was recognised and a printing press arrived in the town around 1854. To cope with the ever increasing population, the first public cemetery was opened and Luton was made a borough in 1876.
Nothing lasts forever and the hat trade that had once made Luton so prosperous, had started to decline. By the 1930s, the hat manufacturing in Luton had reached its peak, rapidly declining after the Second World War and was replaced by other industries.
In 1907, the Vauxhall motor company opened the largest car plant in the United Kingdom. By the time of the Second World War, the Luton car plant suspended car manufacture to concentrate on building Churchill tanks as part of the war effort. Despite heavy camouflage, the factory made Luton a high value target for Hitler's Luftwaffe and Luton suffered a number of air raids. 107 people perished and there was extensive damage to the town, with over 1,500 homes being damaged or destroyed from aerial bombing.
The original Luton town hall was destroyed in 1919 during Peace Day celebrations at the end of the First World War. Many local people, including ex-servicemen, were very unhappy with the rising unemployment and had been refused the use of a local park to hold celebratory events. They angrily stormed the town hall, setting it ablaze. The Luton authorities built a replacement building that was completed in 1936.
Luton Airport opened for business in 1938, with the new terminal being owned and operated by Luton council. Luton airport has become one of the largest employers in the area, overtaking the number of local people who used to work at the Vauxhall car plant.
As the new industries grew, they brought wealth to Luton. Also, with the new airport, there became a need to build new private and council housing to accommodate the growing population. Luton also started to incorporate the nearby villages of Leagrave, Limbury and Stopsley between 1928 and 1933.
After the war, more and more housing estates were built. The Marsh Farm area of Luton was developed in the mid to late 1960s as a large council housing estate, mostly to house the overspill population from London. However, the estate gained a terrible reputation for high levels of crime, poverty and unemployment, this resulted in a riot on the estate in July 1992 and another more serious riot three years later. Vehicles, including police cars were attacked, overturned and set on fire in some of the worst instances of violence the country had seen.
The closure of the Vauxhall vehicle manufacturing plant in 2002 had some very negative effects on Luton. Much like the closing of the British Aerospace site in nearby Hatfield, the closure in Luton lead to a sharp increase in unemployment and poverty.
The Mall shopping centre is in the very centre of Luton. It was formerly called the Arndale Centre. It was temporarily called The Mall Arndale, but is now referred to as The Mall Luton, although local people still refer to it as "The Arndale".
The Arndale shopping centre was originally opened in 1972, but was purchased and rebranded by a new development company in January 2006. The retail centre has 147 shop units occupying, and parking for 1,707 cars.
The area that would become the new Arndale centre was cleared during the 1960s. Many notable buildings which had escaped the damage of World War II were subsequently demolished.
Glass is a product that is so easy to keep clean. Bacteria have nowhere to hide on glass as it is supremely smooth. Ceramic tiles are relatively smooth, but the grout is a fantastic breeding ground for all manner of bacteria, whereas our glass splashbacks are seamless, leaving a smooth, hygienically clean surface.
The kitchen is somewhere you really want to keep bacteria to a minimum. Splashes from food such as raw chicken can very quickly result in food poisoning if contaminated surfaces are not cleaned thoroughly. Our toughened glass splashbacks simply require a quick spray with an anti-bacterial solution and a wipe with a disposable paper towel and you are good to go.
Splashbacks of Distinction are in the Luton area right now and already have some very satisfied customers. We cut, supply and fit the very finest toughened glass for kitchen and bathroom splashbacks. We can advise you as to what sort of glass solution would work best in your home if you are unsure. Glass splashbacks and worktops are our business and we have a passion for transforming a drab and lifeless living or working area into a bright and modern looking place for you to enjoy. Our toughened glass is extremely durable and will last almost indefinitely as long as it is afforded a small measure of care. It will not fade or stain and it will never look out of place in any setting, old or new. Our glass worktops and splashbacks are no problem to clean either, making them very hygienic. So if you live in the Luton area and are interested in one of our glass splashbacks or worktops, why not call us today.
Splashbacks of Distinction ensure that only the finest quality toughened glass is used in all our products. We guarantee all of our work and are fully insured. We employ only trained and certified engineers. Splashbacks of Distinction never leave your property without ensuring you are totally satisfied with your beautiful new glass splashback, baluster, shelving or shower enclosure.
If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 01920 830 084, email us at email@example.com or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Splashbacks of Distinction is the trading name of RDC Glass Ltd