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Glass Splashbacks | Kitchen Splashbacks | Bathroom Splashbacks | Glass Balustrades | Braintree, Essex

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.

Braintree is a town with a population consisting of about 41,634 people or 53,477 for urban area including Gt.Notley, Rayne and High Garrett. Braintree is also the principal settlement of the Braintree District Council area of Essex in the East of England. It is 10 miles northeast of Chelmsford and 15 miles west of Colchester on the River Blackwater, A120 road and a branch of the Great Eastern Main Line.

Braintree has grown contiguous with several surrounding settlements: Braintree proper lies to the south of Stane Street, and Bocking lies to the north. The two together can be referred to as Braintree and Bocking, although many people refer to them together as Braintree.

Braintree is twinned with the French town of Pierrefitte-sur-Seine.

Braintree, Massachusetts, United States, was named after the town in 1640.

Some Braintree history

The town of Braintree dates back over 4,000 years when it was just a small village. People in the area during the Bronze and Iron Ages built houses on the lower part of the town, near the River Brain, known as the Brain Valley. This area was later inhabited by the Saxons, who occupied the town after the Romans left and named the Roman road Stane Street, a name it still bears. Most notable road names in Braintree now coincide with names of people who fought for the town, and locals living there, such as Aetheric Road, he was a notable Saxon nobleman who died in the Battle of Maldon in 991, and subsequently left most of the land of Braintree to the Bishop of London, as well as the land of Bocking going to the Prior and monks of Canterbury, Trinovantian Way, at one point, the townsfolk were called Trinovantes, who were around during the Iron Age, and could till the light sandy soil and hunted animals in the surrounding woodland. Other road names reflect places that have since been built on, such as Coldnailhurst Avenue, this was a farm at the top of the current road on Panfield Lane, Beckers Green Road, opposite a field called Beckers Green, Marks Farm residential estate is based at the site of an old farm where a Tesco store is now situated, and Fairfield Road, directly in the centre of the present town, named after Fair Field at the same site.

The Roman invasion in Braintree

When the Romans invaded they built two roads; a settlement developed at the junction of these roads, but was later abandoned when the Romans left Britain. The town was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it was named Branchetreu, and consisted of 30 acres in the possession of Richard, son of Count Gilbert. Pilgrims used the town as a stopping point and the size of the town increased, leading the Bishop of London to obtain a market charter for the town in 1190.

Flemish cloth trades

In the 14th century, Braintree was processing and manufacturing woollen cloth, a trade it was involved with until the late 19th century. The town prospered from the 17th century when Flemish immigrants made the town famous for its wool cloth trade. They took the then current manufacturing methods to a finer detail, and the main markets for the production in the Braintree area were mainly abroad, notably in Spain or Portugal. In 1665, the Great Plague killed 865 out of the total population of just 2,300 people.

Silk manufacturing in Braintree

When the wool trade died out in the early 19th century, Braintree became a centre for silk manufacturing when George Courtauld opened a silk mill in the town. Others followed, including Warner & Sons. By the late 19th century, Braintree was a thriving agricultural and textile town, and benefited from a railway connection to London. The wealthy Courtauld family had a strong influence on the town, supporting plans for many of the towns public buildings such as the town hall and public gardens established in 1888. The towns influence on the textile weaving industry is remembered today in the Warner Textile Archive and at Braintree Museum.

Modern history and World War II

Braintree provided men for battle in Britains armed forces during World War 11, but also recruiting women into the towns engineering works or munitions work at Crittalls. Braintree and its surrounding areas were also the drop zone for excess bombs that were left over from raids on London. One particular bomb hit the corner of Bank Street and Coggeshall Road, near the White Hart Inn. The inn stayed intact, but on the opposite side of the road, two buildings were demolished by the bomb. It opened up the town and provided what you see today, with the building that houses the Lloyds Bank, built in 1958.

Since the end of the Second World War, Braintree has seen many changes. The town centre itself is more pedestrianised than it used to be, with a one way system moving around the town. Local shops have come and gone, some in recent years with historical ties to the town. A larger outlet style shopping centre nearby called Braintree Village Outlet is just outside of town and plans have been made for the relocation of the entrance to Braintree Village outlet along with a carpark.

Splashbacks of Distinction fitted a toughened glass kitchen and bathroom splashback in a clients property in Braintree a few weeks ago. The client wanted to replace all the ceramic tiles that had been there for years as the grouting was getting very dirty. Also, they felt that having new tiles fitted over such a large area would be very messy, costly and time consuming. They were absolutely right too! Glass splashbacks can be fitted quickly, cleanly and for much less than you may think.

Splashbacks of Distinction supply the following in Braintree:

  • Coloured or patterned kitchen splashbacks
  • Coloured or patterned glass bathroom splashbacks
  • Toughened glass balustrades
  • Toughened glass shelves
  • Custom made mirrors
  • Bespoke shower screens and enclosures
  • Kitchen splashbacks with a high resolution image
  • Glass bathroom splashbacks, also with or without high resolution images
  • Toughened glass Juliet balconies

So if you live in Braintree 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 Braintree 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.

Areas covered in Essex:

Showroom: Unit 11, Broomhall Farm, Watton At Stone, Hertford SG14 2RN

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