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.
Although we are based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, we cover a far wider area. We currently cover the counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Berkshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and London, but we are expanding rapidly, such is the demand for our top quality glass products. Should you want the quality that Splashbacks of Distinction offer, why not get in touch?
Recently we have supplied and fitted an assortment of quality toughened glass products in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire.
Bletchley is a constituent town of Milton Keynes, in Buckinghamshire. It is situated in the south-west of Milton Keynes, and is split between the civil parishes of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford and West Bletchley.
The Bletchley name is Anglo-Saxon and means Blaecca's clearing. It was first recorded in manorial rolls in the 12th century as Bicchelai, then later as Blechelegh in the 13th century and Blecheley in the 14th to 16th centuries. Just to the south of Fenny Stratford, there was Romano-British town, on either side of Watling Street, the famous Roman road.
Bletchley is best known for Bletchley Park, the headquarters of Britain's World War II code breaking organisation, which is now a museum.
Bletchley Park is a world famous English country house and estate that is situated in Bletchley. The reason for this properties fame is that it became the principal centre of Allied code-breaking during the Second World War. The mansion was constructed during the years following 1883 for the financier and politician Sir Herbert Leon in the Victorian Gothic, Tudor, and Dutch Baroque styles, on the site of older buildings of the same name.
During World War II, Bletchley Park housed the Government Code and Cypher School, which regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers, with the most important ones being the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. The team of code breakers at Bletchley Park included Alan Turing, Gordon Welchman, Hugh Alexander, Bill Tutte, and Stuart Milner-Barry. The nature of the work at Bletchley remained top secret until many years after the war had finished.
It has been strongly argued that the intelligence produced by the code breakers at Bletchley, shortened the war by two to possibly four years, and without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain. The team at Bletchley Park devised automatic machinery to help with decryption, culminating in the development of Colossus, the world's first programmable digital electronic computer. Code breaking operations at Bletchley Park came to an end in 1946 and all information about the wartime operations was classified until the middle of the 1970s. This level of secrecy was not uncommon in the fields of military intelligence. It was only officially confirmed that MI6 and GCHQ actually existed, in the 1994 Intelligence Services Act, before then, it was all stuff of rumours and conjecture.
After the war Bletchley Park had various uses including as a teacher-training college and local GPO headquarters. By 1990 the huts in which the code breakers worked were being considered for demolition and redevelopment. The Bletchley Park Trust was formed in February 1992 to save large portions of the site from development.
More recently, Bletchley Park has been open to the public, featuring interpretive exhibits and huts that have been rebuilt to appear as they did during their wartime operations. It receives hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The separate National Museum of Computing, which includes a working replica Bombe machine and a rebuilt Colossus computer, is housed in Block H on the Bletchley site.
The Bletchley Park site appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as part of the Manor of Eaton. Browne Willis built a mansion there in 1711, but after Thomas Harrison purchased the property in 1793 this was demolished. It was first known as Bletchley Park after its purchase by the architect Samuel Lipscomb Seckham in 1877, who built a domestic house to live in on the site. The estate of 581 acres was bought in 1883 by Sir Herbert Samuel Leon, who expanded the existing house into what some described as a maudlin and monstrous pile, combining Victorian Gothic, Tudor, and Dutch Baroque styles. The over mixing of so many architectural styles was viewed as being crass and vulgar by many. At his Christmas family gatherings there was a traditional fox hunting meet on Boxing Day with glasses of sloe gin from the butler, and the house was always a busy place at these times. Bletchley Park at this point had forty gardeners. After the death of Herbert Leon in 1926, the Bletchley estate continued to be occupied by his widow Fanny Leon until her death in 1937.
In 1938, the Bletchley mansion and much of the site was bought by a builder for a housing estate, but in May 1938 Admiral Sir Hugh Sinclair, head of the Secret Intelligence Service, bought the mansion and 58 acres of land for £6,000 for use by code breakers and the intelligence service in the event of war. He used his own money as the Government said they did not have the budget to pay such a princely sum.
Bletchley Park was ideally situated as it was almost immediately adjacent to Bletchley railway station, where the 'Varsity Line' between Oxford and Cambridge met the main West Coast railway line connecting London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The ease of access to Oxford and Cambridge Universities was key; as those universities were targeted to supply many of the code breakers that would go on to do such fantastic work in war time Britain.
Not only was the transport links good between Bletchley and the outside world, the communication links were superb too, making it the ideal place for a centre of intelligence. Watling Street, the main road linking London to the north-west was close by, and high volume communication links were available at the telegraph and telephone repeater station in nearby Fenny Stratford.
Bletchley Park was known as 'B.P.' to those who worked there. London Signals Intelligence Centre and Government Communications Headquarters were all cover names used during the war. The formal posting of the many members of the Women's Royal Naval Service working there, was to HMS Pembroke V. Royal Air Force names of Bletchley Park and its outstations included RAF Eastcote, RAF Lime Grove and RAF Church Green. The postal address that staff had to use was Room 47, Foreign Office.
After the war, the Government Code & Cypher Schools name was to be changed and became the Government Communications Headquarters, most commonly referred to as GCHQ. GCHQ was moved from Bletchley Park to Eastcote in 1946 and to Cheltenham in the 1950s, where it still operates today. The site was used by various government agencies, including the GPO and the Civil Aviation Authority. One large building, block F was demolished in 1987 by which time the site was being run down with tenants leaving.
In 1990 the site was at risk of being sold for housing development. However, Milton Keynes Council made it into a conservation area. Bletchley Park Trust was set up in 1991 by a group of people who recognised the site's importance. The initial trustees belonged to the Bletchley Archaeological & Historical Society, and Mr Tony Sale who in 1994 became the first director of the Bletchley Park Museums.
When Splashbacks of Distinction call on you to fit a gleaming new toughened glass splashback, you won't have to crack any codes like they used to in Bletchley, as all our colour codes are clearly marked next to the glass they represent.
Deciding on the right colour or tint for your glass splashback, shower enclosure or shelves can be quite daunting though. For this reason, Splashbacks of Distinction can provide you with a glass swatch service and all the advice you will ever need to make an informed decision as to what colour to go for.
Splashbacks of Distinction are available to visit your Bletchley 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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