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.
Glass is a wonderful material to work with and it is also a material that will look stunning in any setting.
The beauty of glass can be enjoyed in so many different ways. Kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, glass shelves, mirrors, shower enclosures and screens and even toughened glass balustrades.
The glass allows natural and artificial light to shine through, brightening up any living or working space. Glass splashbacks for the kitchen or bathroom remain the most hygienic solution, while glass shelves create such modern and clean lines, that your ornaments and picture frames somehow look many times more attractive or interesting.
Glass balustrades with the lovely metal frames will update any property perfectly. No more rubbing down fiddly spindles and posts ready for another fresh coat of paint or varnish, just a quick wipe over and they come up gleaming like new.
Who could deny the importance of mirrors in any home? We all rely on mirrors on a daily basis to ensure we look our best or even to make a small room appear to look much larger. The uses for glass in the home are literally endless, but it really extends further than the interior of the home or office.
The exterior of the home can benefit just as much from the thoughtful addition of glass too. Think about a Juliet balcony! Put simply, a Juliet balcony is a very narrow balcony or railing which sits just outside a window or pair of French doors on the upper storey of a building. Also referred to as balconets or balconetes, they are designed to give the appearance of a full balcony in a location where it may not be possible or suitable to install a larger balcony. The name is derived from the Shakespear play Romeo and Juliet.
Even the garden can benefit from glass too. Glass and metal balustrades can be a fantastic alternative to decking spindles and posts. Glass balustrades surrounding a decking area or surrounding a garden pond can look absolutely amazing and keep young children and pets from falling into the pond itself.
We have even had customers who want many sizes of mirrors in their garden to reflect areas of their gardens for a dramatic effect. Exterior mirrors can also make smaller outdoor spaces appear much larger too. They look particularly effective when situated close to water features or ponds.
After the Roman withdrawal from Britain around 410, the area now known as Cambridge may have been abandoned by the Britons, although the site is usually identified as Cair Grauth listed among the twenty eight cities of Britain by the History of the Britons.
Evidence exists that the invading Anglo-Saxons had begun occupying the Cambridge area by the end of the century. Their settlement was also on and around Castle Hill and became known as Grantebrycge. By the time Middle English had taken over as the main method of communication, the settlements name had changed to Cambridge, and the lower stretches of the Granta changed their name to match.
Anglo-Saxon grave artefacts have been found in the area. During this period, Cambridge benefited from good trade links across the fenlands. By the 7th century, the town was less significant and described as a little ruined city containing the burial site of Etheldreda. Cambridge was on the border between the East and Middle Anglian kingdoms and the settlement slowly expanded on both sides of the river.
Cambridge has some wonderful old churches such as St Bene't's Church, known to be the oldest standing building in Cambridgeshire. The church is situated next to Corpus Christi College. Bene't's is a Church of England parish church and parts of the church, most notably the tower, are Anglo-Saxon. The church is dedicated to Saint Benedict of Nursia, the founder of the Benedictine order of monasticism.
The arrival of the Vikings was recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 875. Viking rule, the Danelaw, had been imposed by 878, their trading habits caused the town to grow rapidly. During this period the centre of the town shifted from Castle Hill on the left bank of the river to the area now known as the Quayside on the right bank. After the Viking period, the Saxons enjoyed a return to power, building churches such as St Bene't's Church, wharves, merchant houses and a mint, which produced coins with the towns name abbreviated to Grant.
In 1068, two years after his conquest of England, William of Normandy built a castle on Castle Hill. Like the rest of the newly conquered kingdom, Cambridge fell under the control of the King and his deputies.
The first town charter was granted by Henry I between 1120 and 1131. It gave Cambridge monopoly of waterborne traffic and hithe tolls and recognised the borough court. The distinctive Round Church dates from this period. In 1209, Cambridge University was founded by students escaping from hostile townspeople in Oxford. The oldest existing college, Peterhouse, was founded in 1284.
In 1349 Cambridge was affected by the Black Death. Few records survive but 16 of 40 scholars at Kings Hall died. The town north of the river was severely affected being almost wiped out. Following further depopulation after a second national epidemic in 1361, a letter from the Bishop of Ely suggested that two parishes in Cambridge be merged as there were not enough people to fill even one church. With more than a third of English clergy dying in the Black Death, four new colleges were established at the university over the following years to train new clergymen, namely Gonville Hall, Trinity Hall, Corpus Christi and Clare.
In 1382 a revised town charter effects a diminution of the liberties that the community had enjoyed, due to Cambridges participation in the Peasants Revolt. The charter transfers supervision of baking and brewing, weights and measures, and forestalling and regrating, from the town to the university. Kings College Chapel, was begun in 1446 by King Henry VI. The chapel was built in phases by a succession of kings of England from 1446 to 1515, its history intertwined with the Wars of the Roses, and completed during the reign of King Henry VIII. The building would become synonymous with Cambridge, and currently is used in the logo for the City Council.
The Wars of the Roses were a series of English civil wars for control of the throne of England fought between supporters of two rival cadet branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the House of Lancaster, represented by a red rose, and the House of York, represented by a white rose. Eventually, the wars eliminated the male lines of both families. The conflict lasted through many episodes between 1455 and 1487, but there was related fighting before and after this period between the parties.
The power struggle ignited around social and financial troubles following the Hundred Years War, unfolding the structural problems of feudalism, combined with the mental infirmity and weak rule of King Henry VI which revived interest in the House of Yorks claim to the throne by Richard of York. Historians disagree on which of these factors was the main reason for the wars.
So if you live in or around the Cambridge area and would like to take your kitchen, bathroom or other part of your house to a whole new level of sophistication, why not call Splashbacks of Distinction. We are a family owned business with a long list of very satisfied customers. Everything we do is guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning customers requirements.
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