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 Chelsea 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.
Chelsea is a very affluent area in West London. It lies on the north bank of the River Thames and for postal purposes is part of the south-western postal area.
Chelsea historically formed a manor and parish in the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex, which became the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea in 1900. It merged with the Metropolitan Borough of Kensington, forming the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea upon the creation of Greater London in 1965.
The exclusivity of Chelsea as a result of its high property prices historically resulted in the coining of the term "Sloane Ranger" in the 1970s to describe some of its residents, and some of those of nearby areas. Chelsea is home to one of the largest communities of Americans living outside the United States, with 6.53% of Chelsea residents having been born in the U.S.
The word Chelsea originates from the Old English term for landing place on the river for chalk or limestone. Chelsea hosted the Synod of Chelsea in 787 AD. The first record of the Manor of Chelsea precedes the Domesday Book and records the fact that Thurstan, governor of the Kings Palace during the reign of Edward the Confessor, gave the land to the Abbot and Convent of Westminster. Abbot Gervace then assigned the manor to his mother, and it then passed into private ownership. By 1086 the Domesday Book records that Chelsea was in the hundred of Ossulstone in Middlesex, with Edward of Salisbury as tenant-in-chief.
The Tudor King Henry VIII acquired the manor of Chelsea from Lord Sandys in 1536; Chelsea Manor Street is still there to this day.
Two of King Henry's wives, Catherine Parr and Anne of Cleves, lived in the Manor House; Princess Elizabeth, who became Queen Elizabeth I also, lived there. Thomas More lived very close by at Beaufort House until he was executed. In 1609 James I established a theological college, King James's College at Chelsey on the site of the future Chelsea Royal Hospital, which Charles II founded in 1682.
By 1694, Chelsea, which was always viewed as a popular location for the wealthy, and once described as a village of palaces, had a population of 3,000. Chelsea remained a rural location and served London as a market garden, a trade that continued until the 19th century development boom which caused the final absorption of the district into London proper. The street crossing that was known as Little Chelsea, Park Walk linked Fulham Road to Kings Road and continued to the Thames and local ferry down Lovers Lane, which was renamed Milmans Street in the 18th century.
Kings Road, which is named after Charles II, recalls the Kings private road from St James's Palace to Fulham, which was maintained until the reign of George IV. One of the more important buildings in Kings Road, the former Chelsea Town Hall, popularly known as Chelsea Old Town hall and contains celebrated frescoes.
Chelsea was the place to be during the sixties
Chelsea really caught the world's attention in the 1960s Swinging London period and the early 1970s. The Swinging Sixties was defined on King's Road, which runs the length of Chelsea. The Western end of Chelsea featured boutiques Granny Takes a Trip and The Sweet Shop, the latter of which sold medieval silk velvet caftans, tabards and floor cushions, with many of the cultural aficionados of the time being customers, including Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton and many others. David Bailey took many photo shoots in and around Chelsea during this time, forever capturing the fashions of the time.
The media critic John Crosby wrote that the "Chelsea girl was a symbol of what men found utterly captivating in a women". The revealing mini skirt and thigh high kinky boots became the trademark of swinging sixties Chelsea.
Chelsea at this time was not just the home to avant guard fashion; it was also home to the Beatles and to Rolling Stones members Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards. In the 1970s, the World's End area of King's Road was home to Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's boutique "SEX". Chelsea also saw the emergence of the British punk movement. The Sex Pistols, in close collaboration with McLaren as their manager and promoter, took the world by storm. From the streets of Chelsea in their tatty ripped clothing, multi-coloured spiked hair and safety pins as piercings, the British punk scene erupted across the globe with much controversy.
God Save the Queen was banned as it was released at the time of the Silver Jubilee and was considered far too disrespectful to be allowed on air. The tune did surprisingly well, despite the ban; such was the appetite for change and anarchy in the United Kingdom amongst the youth of the day.
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 email@example.com 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