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.
Splashbacks of Distinction are a family run, professional business that is based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Our company cover a wide area, supplying and fitting many different types of glass products and offer many premium glass related services.
Splashbacks of Distinction are happy to visit your Arkley property to discuss any glass project you may have. We can help with advice, supply and fitting of your new glass splashback or other glass products.
The origins of the name Arkley are not very clear; it is first recorded as Arkleyslond in 1332. The first element of the name appears to come from the Old English word arc or ark, meaning a chest, bin or other wooden receptacle, while the second element is from leah, a woodland clearing. The lond element in the earlier name means cultivated ground. The name Arkley would mean woodland clearing by the ark or by the place where arks are made.
Some believe that Hendon Wood Lane was originally a minor Roman road. Barnet Gate was formally known as Grims Gate and is associated with the monster from the Saxon epic poem Beowulf. This implies that the place was of some importance as early as 1005. It may have been a centre of a small but significant community, founded on a woodland economy.
Arkley and the surrounding area are later referred to in medieval documents as "Southhaw", and may have predated the settlement at Chipping Barnet. One thing is certain, and that is that Barnet manorial court was held at Arkley in the 13th century. From at least the early 19th century until the 1890s, Arkley was commonly known as "Barnet Common" or "West Barnet".
Prior to 1894, Arkley was part of the parish of Chipping Barnet. Under the Local Government Act 1894 parish and district councils were established, with new civil parishes created where the old parishes straddled the sanitary districts which formed the foundations of the new districts. Chipping Barnet parish was then split into three separate civil parishes, with the part within Barnet Urban District retaining the Chipping Barnet name, the part within East Barnet Valley Urban District becoming Barnet Vale, and the rural part of the old parish becoming the civil parish of Arkley. The changes to parish boundaries took effect on 4 December 1894, ahead of the new district councils coming into being later that month. Arkley was part of Barnet Rural District. Arkley parish council formally came into office in 1894 and held its first meeting on 3 January 1895 at the village school in Arkley.
Arkley parish comprised the areas to the west and south of the town of Barnet, including areas such as Ducks Island and Underhill as well as Arkley village itself, which was on the north-western edge of the civil parish. After a boundary change in 1897 ceding some territory to Barnet Urban District, the civil parish of Arkley covered eight hundred and thirty acres. Arkley was absorbed into Barnet Urban District on 1 April 1905, at which point its parish council was dissolved and it was thereafter governed by Barnet Urban District Council. Whilst no longer having its own parish council, Arkley civil parish was not formally abolished until 1 April 1965, when Barnet Urban District was transferred from Hertfordshire to become part of the London Borough of Barnet in Greater London. Between 1901 and 1951 the population of the civil parish of Arkley increased from 483 to 7,536, illustrating how popular the area had become.
From October 1940, Arkley became the home of the Radio Security Service. It was located in a rather large house, Arkley View off Arkley Lane. Its secret address was PO Box 25 Barnet. Other large houses in the area such as Rowley Lodge, the Lawns and Meadowbank were used as billets and as transmitting and receiving stations. Messages were intercepted from German spy networks and passed to Bletchley Park for decoding. Many local people worked first in Arkley and were then transferred to Bletchley Park. Owing to the success of the listening station in Arkley, much of Bletchley Parks work was made a good deal easier, thus making Arkley a major contributor to the war effort.
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