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. We 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 Battersea 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.
Historically Battersea was a part of Surrey, Battersea was centred on a church established on an island at the mouth of the Falconbrook, which being a small river that rises in Tooting Bec Common and flowed underground through south London to the River Thames.
Battersea is mentioned in Anglo-Saxon times as Badrices ieg, meaning Badrics Island and later Patrisey. As with many former parishes beside major rivers some land was reclaimed by draining marshland and building culverts for streams.
The original village is marked by St. Marys Church, which is on a site that has featured churches since at least the 9th century.
Battersea appears in the Domesday Book as Patricesy, held by St Peters Abbey, Westminster. Its Domesday Assets were: eighteen hides and seventeen plough lands of cultivated land; seven mills, eighty two acres of meadow and woodland to support fifty hogs.
Before the Industrial Revolution came to England, much of Battersea was used as farmland. Although difficult to imagine today, Battersea played a vital role in providing food for the City of London and the surrounding population centres; and with particular specialism's, such as growing lavender on Lavender Hill, asparagus, which were known and sold as "Battersea Bundles" or pig breeding on Pig Hill. At the end of the 18th century, about three hundred acres of land in the parish of Battersea were occupied by around twenty market gardeners, who rented from five to sixty acres each. Villages in the wider area of Battersea were separated by fields; in common with other suburbs the wealthy of London and the traditional manor successors built their homes in Battersea and neighbouring areas.
Industry in Battersea was concentrated to the northwest just outside the Battersea-Wandsworth boundary, at the confluence of the River Thames and the River Wandle, which gave rise to the village of Wandsworth. This was settled from the 16th century by Protestant craftsmen, known as Huguenots, who were fleeing religious persecution in Europe, who planted lavender and gardens and established a range of industries such as mills, breweries and dyeing, bleaching and calico printing. Industry developed eastwards along the bank of the Thames during the Industrial Revolution from 1750s onwards; the Thames provided water for transport, for steam engines and for water-intensive industrial processes. Bridges erected across the Thames encouraged growth; Putney Bridge, a mile to the west, was built in 1729 and rebuilt 1882, and Battersea Bridge in the centre of the north boundary in 1771. Inland from the river, the rural agricultural community persisted.
Along the Thames, a number of large number of firms grew; notably the Morgan Crucible Company, which survives to this day and is listed on the London Stock Exchange; Price's Candles, which also made cycle lamp oil; and Orlando Jones' Starch Factory. The 1874 Ordnance Survey map of Battersea showed the location of the many factories from the site of the as yet unbuilt Wandsworth Bridge to Battersea Park. Between many of these factories were numerous wharfs for shipping, as this was the major method of transportation of goods at the time.
In 1929, construction started on the now iconic Battersea Power Station, being completed in 1939. From the late 18th century to comparatively recent times Battersea, and certainly North Battersea, was established as an industrial area with all of the issues associated with pollution and poor housing affecting it.
Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned Grade II listed coal-fired power station in Nine Elms, Battersea. The station is one of the world's largest brick buildings and notable for its original, Art Deco interior fittings and decor.
Following a disastrous attempt to make the now defunct Battersea Power Station into a theme park, a new development was adopted at a cost of £9 billion, that redeveloped the former industrial site and a Grade II listed power station into a new district with homes, shops, bars, restaurants, cafes, offices and public spaces. The project is serviced by a Zone 1 extension to the London Underground Northern Line and has views across the city and the River Thames. The project is divided into eight phases, with the first phase, Circus West Village, opening in 2017 and the second phase, the Power Station, reopening in 2023. The project has been heavily criticised by some for having very little affordable housing and for changing the original plans of the redevelopment.
Industry declined and moved away from the area in the 1970s, and local government sought to address chronic post-war housing problems with large scale clearances and the establishment of planned housing. Some decades after the end of large scale local industry, resurgent demand among magnates and high income earners for Parkside and riverside property close to planned Underground links has led to significant construction. Factories have been demolished and replaced with modern apartment buildings. Some of the council owned properties have been sold off and several traditional working men's pubs have become more fashionable bistros. Battersea neighbourhoods close to the railway have some of the most deprived local authority housing in the Borough of Wandsworth, in an area which saw condemned slums after their erection in the Victoria era.
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