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.
Stony Stratford is a constituent town of Milton Keynes in north Buckinghamshire and is a civil parish with a town council within the Borough of Milton Keynes. It is in the North West corner of Milton Keynes, bordering Northamptonshire and separated from it by the River Great Ouse. Before the designation of Milton Keynes in 1967, Stony was in Wolverton Urban District, north Buckinghamshire.
Since at least Roman times, there has been a settlement at Stony Stratford at the ford of Watling Street over the Great Ouse. Stony Stratford's market charter dates from 1194 and its status as a town from 1215.
The name 'Stony Stratford' is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and means 'stony ford on a Roman road'. The road in this instance is Watling Street, which runs through the middle of the town and crosses the River Ouse just outside it.
In 1789, at Windmill Field in the parish of Old Stratford near Stony Stratford, an urn was uncovered which contained three fibulae and two headdresses. Known as the Stony Stratford Hoard, it also contained around thirty fragments of silver plaques which were decorated with images of the Roman gods Mars, Apollo and Victory. There were also inscriptions to Jupiter and Vulcan leading to theories that this was a votive hoard associated with a Roman temple. The hoard is now kept safely at the British Museum, as it was considered to be a significant historical discovery.
There has been a chartered market in Stony Stratford since 1194. Until the early 1900s, livestock were still held in the market square but in more recent times the square has become a car park, apart from a monthly farmers market in one corner. The weekly market has moved to Timor Court, and no longer deals in livestock. Stony Stratford formally became a town when it received letters patent from King John in 1215.
Stony Stratford was the location where, in 1290, an Eleanor cross was built in memory of the recently deceased Queen Eleanor of Castile, as her funeral cortege had stopped overnight in Stony Stratford en route to London. The cross was destroyed during the English Civil War.
The former Rose and Crown Inn at Stony Stratford was reputedly where, in 1483, the boy-king Edward V stayed the night before he was taken to London, where he was to become one of the Princes in the Tower, supposedly imprisoned by his uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who soon became King Richard III. Edward had been returning from Ludlow Castle in the Welsh Marches to London to claim his crown on the death of his father, Edward IV, when he was met in Stony Stratford by his uncle, who later deposed him. The inn is now a private house but a plaque on the front wall commemorates the event.
Catherine of Aragon rode from London to address her troops as they assembled in Stony Stratford for the Battle of Flodden, and went on to stay at Woburn Abbey in September 1513.
Stony Stratford has twice become almost completely consumed by fire, the first time in 1736 and the second in 1742. The only building to escape the second fire was the tower of the chapel of ease of St Mary Magdalen, which is now a scheduled monument.
Since at least the 15th century, Stony Stratford was an important stop on the road to Ireland via Chester, becoming quite rich on the proceeds in the 16th century. During the stage coach era of the 17th and early 18th centuries, it was a major resting place and exchange point with the east-west route with coaching inns to accommodate coach travellers.
Traffic on Watling Street and the consequent wear and tear to it was such as to necessitate England's first turnpike trust, from Hockliffe to Stony Stratford, in 1707. In the early 19th century, over thirty mail coaches and stagecoaches a day stopped in Stony Stratford. That traffic came to an abrupt end in 1838 when the London to Birmingham Railway was opened at Wolverton; just three years after the bridge over the Ouse had been rebuilt. Wolverton railway works provided an important source of employment in Stony Stratford, with the Wolverton and Stony Stratford Tramway being built to serve the workers. With the arrival of the motor car, the town's position on the original A5 road made it again an important stopping point for travellers.
Due to the position of two hotels in the centre of Stony Stratford, The Cock and The Bull, which were both originally coaching inns on the main London to Chester turnpike, it is claimed locally that the common phrase a cock and bull story originated here, however this has never been officially confirmed.
The parish of Stony Stratford has one scheduled monument; nine grade II listed buildings, and a further one hundred and thirty four buildings and structures that have been listed at Grade II.
Splashbacks of Distinction have recently started to fit toughened glass balustrades into some of our client's homes in Stony Stratford. Glass balustrades have the advantage of being ultra chic and effortless to clean, no more dusting around individual spindles on the staircase.
We also fit these balustrades as room dividers in some larger open plan properties and a lot of commercial office buildings. Glass balustrades have really taken off in the popularity stakes and we anticipate fitting a lot more of them in the future.
Splashbacks of Distinction are available to visit your Stony Stratford 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.
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Splashbacks of Distinction is the trading name of RDC Glass Ltd