Services in Tonbridge
My chimney lining specialist service includes
- Free local site survey
- Expertise from a fully qualified HETAS chimney lining specialist
- Wood and multi fuel stoves installed
- Twin wall flues installed
- Fireplace fitting
- Fire surround set ups
- Colour CCTV chimney surveys
- Chimney pots supplied and fitted
- Chimney cowls supplied and fitted
- Chimney repointing
. . . And I always bring a free-of-charge smile!
Tonbridge is a Kentish town, a model market town located close to Royal Tunbridge Wells. The town hosts sections of the River Medway, which has created a charming natural environment. A wonderful example of a Motte and Bailey building is seen in the formidable Tonbridge Castle, which dates from the 11th century period. Richard Fitz Herbert, son of the Count of Brionne, Gilbert, built the castle. Gilbert had been the guardian of William the Conqueror. The Domesday Book records Tonbridge as ‘Tonbrige’, which refers to ‘Tunna’s Bridge’. The name of Tunna was popular in those days of old. Tonbridge developed and became known for superb wooden products under the Tunbridgeware range. Another industry was the creation of cricket balls at a factory in Preston Road. Modern day Tonbridge includes a good shopping centre with a high street and other retail outlets.
Tonbridge is set within a beautiful rural location, with a pleasant array of fields, woodlands and hop farms in the surrounding area. It also makes for a rather unusual claim to fame. Tonbridge is the location for the first ever speeding fine recorded in history. Walter Arnold, from East Packham, was ordered to pay a shilling in 1896 after his Karl Benz, a finely tuned car, was spotted zooming across Paddock Wood at eight-miles-per-hour – the speed limit was two-miles-per-hour. The local bobby used a push bicycle to pull over the culprit after a five mile chase. In those days, drivers had to have a man waving a red flag in front of the vehicle to warn passers-by. The law later removed this need and upped the speed limit to 14mph. Walter Arnold eventually became a car dealer and even took part in the London to Brighton annual run.
Industries in Tonbridge comprise mainly a financial sector alongside engineering, publishing and distribution services. There is still a market town element to the town and tourism is important what with the castle, river, country park and surrounding countryside, as well as the retail mix (especially High Street) and leisure centre and swimming pool, which draws shoppers from outside and there are plans for expansion. Tonbridge is a thriving town with a bright future ahead, both culturally and economically.
The sights and sounds of homes, historical buildings, commercial outlets and gardens and parks; are an uplifting sight to behold for any visitor to Tonbridge, with the River Medway creating a silken channel across the middle of the town. To the western side, by Tonbridge Railway Station and The Hayesbrook School and The Judd School, there’s Barden Road, Avebury Avenue, Upper Haysden Lane, Brook Street, with nearby small street. Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls and Weald of Kent Grammar School are both close to or in the vicinity of Pembury Road, Deakin Leas, Weald View Road, Judd Road, Tudeley Lane, Hectorage Road, Goldsmid Road, and then to the north there are roads such as Shipbourne Road, The Ridgeway, White Cottage Road, Whistler Road, Higham Lane and Framley Road. These are just a few named streets – the expanse of residential areas in Tonbridge is quite vast but wherever you find yourself in the town, you’ll be assured of a friendly greeting by a member of the local community.
Residents enjoy an ongoing debate about whether or not medieval tunnels were once constructed from the priory building to the castle. It is said they followed a course under the river bed, a subterraneous route, with the purpose of supplying a garrison in time of emergency. Some townsfolk think such an engineering feat plausible while others point out the difficulty of contructing such tunnels. One or two historical texts are cited, mentioning the supposition of such structures. Until a proper archaeological survey proves otherwise, informed residents will keep discussing the mysterious possibilities of whether or not such tunnels exist.
Tonbridge is a town leading the way when it comes to creative innovation, of benefit to the local community. The River Centre on Medway Wharf Road is a good example. The development received a £4 million investment to create a new community and conference hub, with a church. It opened in 2003 and is now used for various community events. Other buildings of note in Tonbridge include the Oast Theatre in Hildenborough, which became a theatre. West Kent Police used to be based in the station on Pembury Road before a relocation to Maidstone.
Tonbridge School Centre provides superb sports and leisure facilities for residents, not just the pupils at Tonbridge School. The centre was opened in June 2008 and there is a fitness suite, swimming pool, exercise sessions and an athletics track. Tennis and badminton is also offered. The school centre is the base for the Recre8 Children’s Activity Courses, which creatively combine fun activities with educations themes not just in school time but also during the holiday breaks.
Competent Person Registration Scheme - HETAS
The installation, replacement or any alteration to the position of a solid fuel combustion appliance (wood burning stove) is subject by law to building regulations. Competent person schemes were introduced by the Government in 2002 to allow individuals to self-certify that their work complies with these regulations; as an efficient alternative to notifying the local authority or using an approved inspector. I am part of such a scheme - see below - which gives customers reassurance that my work is legally compliant.
HETAS is the official body recognised by the Government to approve solid fuel domestic heating appliances, fuels and services including the registration of competent installers and servicing businesses. To achieve this objective, HETAS operates a registration scheme that supports installers and businesses involved in this area to work safely, efficiently and within the various regulations which apply to the work involved.
TLC Liners and Stoves is HETAS registered and, after commissioning your wood burning stove, a certificate will be issued.
Call Terry on 07516017341
Please do not hesitate to contact me any time for free advice.