In spite of London’s relentless spread in all directions, 16 miles east from the city centre the Kent town of Dartford has managed to escape absorption and remains a borough in its own right - at least for now! However, historic Dartford suffered from 20th Century redevelopment with the town being almost completely rebuilt without a proper overall plan.
Today, the town is a typically British mix of old and new positioned uncomfortably side by side. Victorian Gothic can be found next to later Edwardian Arts and Crafts houses for the middle classes, while much of the rest of older stock was terraced housing built for incoming industrial workers, especially after World War I. This housing was followed by a more garden suburb approach in the 1920s and post World War II council housing.
Whatever you think of this architectural mish-mash of styles in historic Dartford, there is still one thing that many of them share in common - original wooden flooring that today may be in need of floor sanding and polishing. In all too many cases, these floors have been hidden up by wall to wall carpeting. This at least had the benefit of sometimes providing a measure of protection, though at the risk of covering up serious problems.
Wood flooring has been with us for almost as long as we have had homes and the ability to saw wood into planks. It has been widely available, is warm to touch and can be beautiful on the eye, not to mention its green credentials in today’s environmentally aware world. Wood floor restoration and refinishing is the green way to go when renovating your house, obeying the triple golden rule, of repair, reuse and recycle.
For floor sanding and varnishing in Dartford, we have just the people to do exactly that. Our professional and experienced team are available for any repair, restoration or renewal, and all at a cost that won’t break the bank. Today, most modern homes are fitted with cheap chipboard upstairs and concrete downstairs. But if you’re lucky enough to have genuine wooden flooring, isn’t it time you made the most of it by calling in our experts?
In addition to floor sanding in Dartford, our team are often called upon to do parquet repair in Dartford. This type of flooring is a popular wooden finish for larger areas. Its geometric design is ideal for breaking up space visually, so parquet flooring restoration is another service that we specialise in.
In spite of the town being affected by poorly managed development and redevelopment in the 20th century, Dartford has continued to grow in popularity and is now home to over 80,000 residents. Its close proximity to London and good rail and road links make this a popular commuting town, although there is a wide range of work locally, especially at the industrial parks near the M25 crossing of the Thames as well as more specialised industries.
The nearby Bluewater shopping centre provides many more jobs, as do the many other retail outlets in the area and the historic town centre is home to plenty of independent traders. For fresh air and outdoor space, modern Dartfordians can take to the 314 acres of Dartford Heath which includes an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Alternatively, the whole of the beautiful county of Kent sits on their very doorstep.
So, for wood floor polishing if you happen to live in Dartford, why not take a look at our website? Here you will find helpful advice and even a tip or two that could inspire your own restoration project! To find out more why not contact us for a no-obligation quote.
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Dartford is the principal town in the borough of Dartford. It is situated in the northwest corner of Kent, England, 16 miles (26 km) east south-east of central London. The town centre is situated in a valley through which the River Darent flows, and where the old road from London to Dover crossed: hence the name, from Darent + ford. Dartford became a market town in medieval times and, although today it is principally a commuter town for Greater London, it has a long history of religious, industrial and cultural importance. It is an important rail hub; the main through-road now avoids the town itself.
In prehistory, the first people appeared in the Dartford area around 250,000 years ago: a tribe of prehistoric hunter-gatherers whose exemplar is called Swanscombe Man. Many other archaeological investigations have revealed a good picture of occupation of the district with important finds from the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. When the Romans engineered the Dover to London road (afterwards named Watling Street) it was necessary to cross the River Darent by ford, giving the settlement its name. Roman villa was built along the Darent valley and at Noviomagus (Crayford), close by. The Saxons may have established the first settlement where Dartford now stands. Dartford manor is mentioned in the Domesday Book, written after the Norman invasion in 1086. It was owned by the king.
Dartford has two major buildings concerned with performance art. The Orchard Theatre, located in the town centre, is a fully professional theatre, providing audiences with a large range of drama, dance, music and entertainment. The Mick Jagger Centre (built in the grounds of Dartford Grammar School) in Shepherds Lane was completed in 2000 and provides facilities for community arts across a wide region. The local museum in Market Street is housed in the same building as the library.
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