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Glass Splashbacks | Kitchen Splashbacks | Bathroom Splashbacks | Glass Balustrades | Sandy, Bedfordshire

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. 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.

Sandy is a small market town and civil parish in Bedfordshire. It lies between Cambridge and Bedford, on the A1 road from London to Edinburgh. The area is dominated by a range of hills known as the Sand Hills while the River Ivel runs through the town. The dedication of the Anglican church is to St Swithun.

Sandy is probably best known today as the headquarters of the Royal Society Protection of Birds. The Society moved to The Lodge, on the outskirts of the town in 1961. The Shuttleworth Collection is also around 2 miles south west of Sandy. The Riddy is a flood meadow on the Ivel and Local Nature Reserve.

A little Sandy history

An archaeological dig that took place in May 2006 revealed that the Sandy area may have been settled much earlier than 250 BC. What is known is that Sandy was a popular Roman settlement and was most likely a rather important trading centre and staging post during the time the Romans were in occupancy. An ancient hill fort was discovered, although it is now rather heavily wooded, it was traditionally known as Caesar's Camp, but more commonly called "the sand hills" or "the lookout", this still overlooks the town of Sandy to this day.

Sandy is referred to in the Domesday Book, as Sandeia, which is a derivation from the Old English Sandieg, meaning a sand-island. In 1086 Sandy was listed in the Domesday Book as being held by Eudo Fitzhubert, who is likely to have been the tenant. He was probably also known as Eudo Dapifer, who was a high steward for William the Conqueror, and based in Colchester Castle. He would have gathered information for the King regarding the local Sandy inhabitants and determined their wealth and holdings, in order to know how much they would have to pay in taxes to the king.

In addition there were also two mills listed, and both of these would have been water-powered. There are still references to one of them in the road name Mill Lane which runs along the River Ivel. However the mill has since been replaced by housing. Further down the river from the site where the mill once stood is Sandye Place Academy where it is believed there was a Danish camp which was built to protect the Danelaw in 886.

What was Danelaw?

The Danelaw, also known as the Danelagh, was the part of England in which the laws of the Danes was adhered to. Danelaw governed Sandy and this legal system was held to be superior to the laws of the Anglo-Saxons. The Danelaw contrasts with the West Saxon law and the Mercian law. The term is first recorded in the early 11th century as Dena lage. The areas that constituted the Danelaw lie in northern and eastern England, long occupied by Danes and other Norsemen such as the Vikings.

The Danelaw originated from the invasion of the Great Heathen Army into England in the 9th century, although the term was not used to describe a geographic area until the 11th century. With the increase in population and productivity in Scandinavia, Viking warriors, having sought treasure and glory in the nearby British Isles, "proceeded to plough and support themselves", in the words of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the year 876.

Danelaw can describe the set of legal terms and definitions created in the treaties between Alfred the Great, the king of Wessex, and Guthrum, the Danish warlord, these were written following Guthrum's defeat at the Battle of Edington in 878.

In 886, the Treaty of Alfred and Guthrum was formalised, defining the boundaries of their kingdoms, and laid out terms for continuing peaceful relations between the English and the Vikings. The language spoken in England was affected by this clash of cultures, with the emergence of Anglo-Norse dialects.

The Danelaw roughly comprised fifteen shires: Leicester, York, Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln, Essex, Cambridge, Suffolk, Norfolk, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Hertford, Middlesex, and Buckingham.

There is also evidence at the Riddy, a local nature reserve just south of Sandy, shows that mill-building has taken place in the Sandy area since at least the time of the Normans, though the last mill was built there in 1857.

Sandy gets its own council

The town of Sandy used to be part of Biggleswade Rural District between 1894 and 1927, and was then governed as Sandy Urban District between 1927 and 1974. When the urban district council was eventually abolished in 1974 to become part of Mid Bedfordshire, Sandy town council was established as a successor.

Extra housing to expand the Sandy area

Sandy expanded rapidly in the 1970s with the development of London overspill housing between Sunderland Road and the St Neots Road. This expansion continued into the 1990s with new housing developments at Fallow Field and Ivel Park.

Sandy is twinned with French town

Sandy has been twinned with the town of Malaunay in France since 1982, as a result of which the Sandy Twinning Association was also established. The association has also recently developed links with the town of Skarszewy in Poland and many exchange trips are organised every year between the three locations.

Cycling and military commemoration in Sandy

Frederick Thomas Bidlake is commemorated by a garden and monument, at Girtford Bridge. It was unveiled on 23 September 1934. The rector of Sandy blessed the memorial. The garden is triangular with a wall of local stone on one side. In its centre, a stone reads: "This garden is dedicated to Frederick Thomas Bidlake, a great cyclist, a man of singular charm and character, an untiring worker for cyclists 1867-1933". A sundial in the centre of the garden is marked "He measured time". A facsimile milestone is engraved "F. T. B. Few have known this road as he. London 48 - York 148".

There is a statue of William Peel, a Victoria Cross recipient in the south transept of St Swithun's Church. Opposite the church across the High Street stands the Sir William Peel pub.

William Peel was the third son of Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1834-1835 and 1841-1846), simultaneously serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer and twice as Home Secretary. He is regarded as the father of modern British policing, owing to his founding of the Metropolitan Police Service

Time to brighten up your Sandy home or office

Splashbacks of Distinction are the company to call for all your toughened glass requirements, but they manufacture, supply and fit far more than just glass splash backs. Feel free to browse our website to see just what we have to offer in the wonderful world of toughened glass.

At Splashbacks of Distinction, we strive to cater for all our clients' needs. No matter what you want for your Sandy home or office, we can certainly help.

Splashbacks of Distinction can advise you regarding the toughened glass product that would suit your lifestyle best. We offer such a wide variety of glass products, that it can seem a little daunting at first. Fortunately we have a large gallery of completed projects that will help you to decide what would suit you and your property.

Splashbacks of Distinction are available to visit your Sandy home to measure up and fit a quality glass splashback or one of our other toughened glass products. Glass is such a clean and modern medium for your home and you'd be surprised just how much glass can transform your home.

Splashbacks of Distinction supply the following:

  • Kitchen splashbacks
  • Glass bathroom splashbacks
  • Glass balustrades
  • Glass shelves
  • Bespoke mirrors
  • Bespoke shower screens and enclosures
  • Acrylic splashbacks
  • Glass worktops

So if you live in Sandy and would like Splashbacks of Distinction to provide you with a high quality glass splashback or any other glass product in our range, why not give us a call or fill in our contact form. We are a family run business and have a long list of very satisfied customers. Why not check out our projects gallery page to see some of our work.

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.

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.

Further Information

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 enquiries@splashbacksofdistinction.co.uk or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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