Describing the spot where Mr Pickwick and his friends later set off on their travels, Dr Johnson declared that ‘the full ride of human existence is to be found at Charing Cross’. The same may be said for its buildings and building styles. These range from the replica 13th century cross to the one-time magnificence of the Adelphi - an 18th century planned development along that saw the first attempt at constructing an embankment on the Thames.
The cluster of streets round John Adam St - with the Royal Society of Arts noted for its staircase and library - offers many an example of Georgian elegance. Famous literary residents include Pepys, Thomas Hardy, Shaw and Galsworthy.
Although the modernity of glass and concrete seem to dominate, timber retains its popularity as the most traditional of materials. Nowhere does this hold truer than in wooden floors: whose durability and ease of maintenance is matched by hygiene and enduring beauty. As the only surface that can improve with age, wooden floors enhance offices, gyms, cafés, restaurants and pubs old and new.
But whether parquet blocks or hardwood boards, wear and damage is inevitable. Transforming them back to their original beauty is a simple process with modern floor sanding.
Over the past twenty years, we have restored hundreds of floors from all levels of condition. Our sanding machines remove the old layers of grime and sealants - paint and varnish - and produce a smooth finish. The bare wood is then ready for the sealant of your choice: lacquer for wear or the natural beauty of wax or oil.
We specialise in period floors, such as parquet floor restoration. Popular from the 1930s to 1950s, the matching blocks from these floors are available from our specialist suppliers. You will be sure of an authentic match.
So call us for your free assessment today. You’ll get the best advice – and a job done to the highest standards with only top quality materials. Today’s advanced products can produce a restored floor even superior to the original.
Call on Floor Sanding Specialists for the complete floor renovation service throughout Charing Cross WC2.
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Did you know about Charing Cross?
Charing Cross denotes the junction of the Strand, Whitehall and Cockspur Street, just south of Trafalgar Square in central London. It gives its name to several local landmarks, including Charing Cross railway station, one of the main London rail termini. Charing Cross is named after the now demolished Eleanor cross that stood there, in what was once the hamlet of Charing. The original site of the cross has been occupied since 1675 by an equestrian statue of King Charles I. A Victorian replacement, in different style from the original, was later erected a short distance to the east outside the railway station.
The name of the hamlet of Charing is derived from the old English word "cierring", referring to the nearby bend in the River Thames. The addition of the name "Cross" to the area's name originates from the Eleanor cross erected in 1291–94 by King Edward I as a memorial to his wife, Eleanor of Castile, and placed between the former hamlet of Charing and the entrance to the Royal Mews of the Palace of Whitehall (today the top of Whitehall on the south side of Trafalgar Square).
At some time between 1232 and 1236, the Chapel and Hospital of St Mary Rounceval was founded at Charing. This occupied land at the corner of the modern Whitehall and into the centre of Northumberland Avenue, running down to a wharf by the river. It was an Augustinian house, tied to a mother house at Roncesvalles, in the Pyrenees. The house and lands were seized for the King in 1379, under a statute "for the forfeiture of the lands of schismatic aliens".
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