The name of the area derives from a 13th century Priory – occupied by the Dominican order whose members wore a black mantle. The present Blackfriars pub was saved by a campaign led by John Betjeman in the 1960s. The splendour of its Art Nouveau decoration is the best of its kind in London.
In the pub, figures of two monks carved in wood remind us of the value of this most versatile product. The area appears in a state of perpetual redevelopment but traditions survive. Wooden floors are still the most natural floor surface: hardwearing and easy to maintain, yet beautiful and offering prestige and class.
So if your property - be it a theatre, gym, café, office, gallery or domestic building - has such floors… Congratulations! But are they up to the standard you require? If scored, scratched, rotting or just tired, there is a solution. Floor sanding from a specialist floor sanding company in Blackfriars.
The first task is to repair and replace damaged timber, followed by sanding floorboards to remove the old layers of paint and sealant. New sealants - oil, wax or lacquer - then provide a protective and decorative finish.
We offer the best advice - and use only the highest quality products at every stage. Period floors can be restored by the use of matching material from reclaimed timber suppliers - for a truly authentic job.
So whether your floor is composed of hardwood boards or you require parquet floor restoration, ask us for your free assessment. With over 20 years’ experience in restoring wood floors in all settings, we’ll advise you on the best method of wood floor restoration for your particular needs.
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Did you know about Blackfriars?
Blackfriars is an area of central London, which lies in the south-west corner of the City of London. The name Blackfriars was first used in 1317 and derives from the black cappa worn by the Dominican Friars who moved their priory from Holborn to the area between the River Thames and Ludgate Hill in 1276. Edward I gave permission to rebuild London's city wall, which lay between the river and Ludgate Hill, around their area. The site was used for great occasions of state, including meetings of Parliament and the Privy Council, as well as the location for a divorce hearing in 1529 of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII. The priory was eventually closed in 1538 during Henry's Dissolution of the monasteries.
Some of the buildings were subsequently leased to a group of entrepreneurs who created the Blackfriars Theatre on the site, not far from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre which sat almost directly across on the other side of the river. In 1632, the Society of Apothecaries (a livery company), acquired the monastery's guesthouse and established their base there. The building was destroyed in the Great Fire of London but the Society rebuilt and Apothecaries Hall is still to be found in Blackfriars today. The older parts of Blackfriars have regularly been used as a filming location in film and television, particularly for modern films and serials set in Victorian times, notably Sherlock Holmes and David Copperfield.
The area is now the location of Blackfriars station, and forms the northern bridge-head for both Blackfriars Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge. Alongside the road bridge is Blackfriars Millennium Pier, a stop for river bus services on London River Services. The Victoria Embankment stretches along the north bank of the river west from Blackfriars to Westminster Bridge. Notable buildings in the area include the large Art Deco Unilever House. The area was once served by a station south of the river Blackfriars Bridge railway station, taking its name from Blackfriars Bridge. It was closed to passengers in 1885 when the current Blackfriars station was opened.
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