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 Crayford 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.
An Iron Age settlement existed in the location of the present St Paulinus Church between the Julian and Claudian invasions of Britain. Roman ruins have been discovered and Crayford is one of several places proposed as the site of Noviomagus, a place mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary as being on the Roman equivalent of the later Watling Street. Crayford is possibly the site of the bloody battle of Crecganford in 457. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle written around 400 years later describes how Hengist and Aesc defeated the Brettas at the site.
Crayford is mentioned in the Domesday Book, as a settlement within the Hundred of Litlelee with a church, three mills, and a large population of 27 regular householders and 2 smallholders. Its overlord was not a private individual or the king but Christ Church, Canterbury.
As a civil parish it included the hamlets of Northend, Perry Street and Slade Green which lie to the north. In 1831, the population of the parish was 2022 people. For centuries it was strongly associated with brick making, the printing of silk scarves, ties and calico cloths, and for a short period carpet making.
There were two main Manor Houses in the area during the Middle Ages; Newbery Manor on the site of what is now Crayford Manor House, and Howbury Manor next to Slade Green. Roger Apylton had served Kings Henry V and Henry VI as auditor, and resided at Marshalls Court, Crayford. Late in the reign of Elizabeth I Henry Partich sold Newbery Manor to Henry Apylton of Marshalls Court, and Apylton built May Place close by. Hall Place, which lies alongside the River Cray, was built for Lord Mayor of the City of London Sir John Champneis in around 1537. There was also an Iron Mill, which was later replaced by a saw mill which produced the timber for the floor of Buckingham Palace.
In 1623 most of the parish of Crayford was purchased by Merchant Taylor Robert Draper including Newbery Manor, Howbury Manor, Marshalls Court and May Place, where his family decided to live. Draper's wife Anne was the daughter of Thomas Harman who lived at Ellam House which subsequently passed to the Drapers. The ownerships then passed to Robert Draper's son William, who was selected to be the Sheriff of the County of Kent but died in 1650 before taking office, and then to Robert's grandson, parliamentarian Cresheld Draper. On the death of Cresheld Draper in 1694, his heirs sold all the properties to Sir Cloudesley Shovell.
Crayford Manor House was rebuilt in the eighteenth century, at the time essentially a farmhouse until it was remodelled in 1816 for the Rev. Thomas Barne. Apparently, this Crayford landmark was built piecemeal over several different periods, with a porch and Italianate features being added to the 1816 building.
Other notable 19th-century local houses included Shenstone, which was built around 1828 and sadly demolished in 1974, the site is now Shenstone School, with Shenstone's former grounds now being Shenstone Park), Stoneyhurst, which became Stoneyhurst Convent High School and is now the site of St Catherine's Roman Catholic School for Girls, Martens Grove and Oakwood - the latter two designed by architect John Shaw Jr. and built by George Locke of builders Locke & Nesham with each occupying one of the houses.
Crayford has a lovely theatre and a greyhound racing track that locals and visitors delight in. A day out at the races has been a Crayford pastime for quite some time. The theatre was named in honour of Geoffrey Whitworth who played a key part in developing a British tradition of amateur drama and in building political support for The Royal National Theatre. The new Crayford Community Centre, located above the library, is the venue for a diverse array of groups with different interests.
Nearby Hall Place is a scheduled monument lying between Crayford and Bexley. It has gardens with the River Cray running through and a plant nursery, a cafe and restaurant plus the silk works shop.
The large Sainsbury's supermarket that is situated next to the greyhound stadium in Crayford was claimed by the supermarket giant to be a world first in the use of technology to heat the store using natural energy captured through boreholes buried hundreds of metres beneath the ground and was at the time of its expansion the largest Sainsbury's in England.
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