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 Penge 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.
Penge was once only a small town, which was recorded under the name Penceat in an Anglo-Saxon deed dating from 957. Historians believe the name of the town is derived from the Celtic word Penceat, which means edge of wood and refers to the fact that the surrounding area was once covered in a thick forest.
Penge had few residents before the arrival of the railways. A traveller passing through Penge would have seen the large green with a small inn on its boundary. Penge Green appears as Pensgreene on a map from 1607. The green was bounded to the north by Penge Lane, the west by Beckenham Road and the southeast by the Crooked Billet. On a modern map that is a very small area, but the modern day Penge Lane and Crooked Billet are not in their original locations, and Beckenham Road would have been no more than a cart track following the property line on the west side of Penge High Street. There was also an old footpath crossing the Green leading to Sydenham that was known as Old Penge Lane.
The 1868 Ordnance Survey map shows the Old Crooked Billet located to the southeast of the current location. This earlier location was on the eastward side of Penge Green, which disappeared as a result of the Penge Enclosure Act, 1827 which enclosed the whole Green. This left the Crooked Billet with no frontage to Beckenham Road; hence, new premises were constructed on the present site in 1827, and subsequently replaced in 1840 with a three storey building. This was severely damaged by enemy action in the Second World War, and subsequently rebuilt.
The Crooked Billet is by far the oldest public house in Penge dating from around 1601, but some believe it to be much older. In modern times it is particularly well known for lending its name to a bus route terminus. From 1914, General Omnibus routes 109 and 609 operated, along different paths, between Bromley Market and the Crooked Billet. The 109 was renumbered 227 by London Transport, and continued to terminate at the Crooked Billet.
The London and Croydon Canal was built across Penge Common along what is now the line of the railway through Penge West railway station, deviating to the south before Anerley railway station. There is a remnant at the northern corner of Betts Park, Anerley. Following the closure of the canal, the London and Croydon Railway was built largely along the same course, opening in 1839. Isambard Kingdom Brunel built an atmospheric railway along this alignment as far as Croydon. The Crystal Palace pneumatic railway, which ran underground between the Sydenham and Penge entrances to Crystal Palace Park, operated for a short while but proved not to be economically viable.
In the Victorian era, Penge developed into a fashionable suburb because of the railway line and its proximity to the relocated Crystal Palace. It became a fashionable day out to visit the Crystal Palace during the day and to take the tram down the hill to one of the twenty-five pubs to the square mile that Penge was reputed to possess, or the two music halls - The King's Hall, which later became the Gaumont cinema and, established in 1915, the Empire Theatre, also changing in time to the Essoldo cinema.
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