The History and Invention of Sash Windows

a historic example of wooden sash windows

If you’re a youngster, you may not know what a sash window is. In fact, you may not have even heard the term before. Since the aluminium and uPVC double glazed window revolution swept the country back in the 70s, 80s, and 1990s, original, authentic wooden sash windows have all but vanished in most modern streets. Many of us who are slightly older will no doubt remember those windy nights at home as kids, where our bedroom windows would rattle noisily in their frames as the draughty night air licked its way around the woodwork and chilled us to the bone as we slept in our beds!

The Big Apple – Kentish Style!

A red apple on a tree

We love supporting local businesses and shouting from the rooftops about what’s going on in Kent throughout the year, so…

If you’re nuts about apples or enjoy the occasional glass of cider, put the Kent Apple and Cider Fayre in your diary which takes place just outside Maidstone in Sandling on the 6th and 7th October 2018.

Kent Apple and Cider Fayre

The event celebrates the harvesting of some of Kent’s finest apples and showcases the quality of the fruit grown here, in the beautiful county of Kent.

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If you’ve decided to avoid the time and hassle it takes to buy your blinds online and fit them yourself, how do you go about deciding which local company is the best (and safest) choice?

We all know that the internet can sometimes be a risky place to buy things. Whilst most people’s experience is generally a positive one when it comes to shopping online, there are still plenty of fly-by-night companies that are happy to part you with your hard-earned cash without delivering the level of service that they promised.

Gravesend Town Pier History – The World’s Oldest Cast Iron Pier

Gravesend Town Pier

Gravesend Town Pier was designed by William Tierney Clark and built in 1834 by local resident William Wood at a cost of £8,700. The new pier was constructed on the site of the earlier Town Quay, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Astonishingly, over 3 million passengers used the pier from 1835 to 1842. In its heyday, the pier was a bustling hive of activity but around the turn of the 20th century, Gravesend Pier fell into disuse due to the arrival of the South Eastern Railway’s North Kent Line.

The Swanscombe Skull – Man or Woman? Find Out Here

The Swanscombe man/woman skull was found in Swanscombe, Kent

Imagine you’re a dentist and you decide to take the day off work to indulge yourself in your favourite hobby; palaeontology. As a keen sleuth looking for buried treasure, you reason that by visiting a working gravel quarry, where the workman will already be digging great big holes so you don’t have to, you stand a better chance of unearthing something precious.

The History of Pocahontas – A Princess in Gravesend, Kent

Pocahontas, Gravesend. John Smith

At Blindingly Obvious, we are passionate about what makes our local area special. We are always on the lookout for interesting stories from our neck of the woods; and lo and behold, we have discovered another! If you have ever come across St. Georges church in Gravesend, you may have chanced upon a monument to the late Pocahontas. Curious as to how this statue came to be in a churchyard in Kent, we did a little digging.

Most of us are familiar with the Native American Princess known as Pocahontas through the acclaimed Disney movie of the same name. Although the film took the story of Pocahontas as inspiration, it is still very much a work of fiction. The real story behind the woman is not quite so frivolous and technicoloured. Pocahontas’s tale is pretty sad in the end.

The history of glass and how it’s made

Sheet glass covering an office block

Although we supply a range of blinds for all types of windows and doors, we thought we’d take a closer look at that thin, clear, seethrough stuff that comes between our internal blinds and the world outside… Glass.

In Italy, before glass became commonplace as a medium to seal windows and protect homes from the weather outside, Roman Blinds were commonly used instead. The Romans typically used a cloth soaked in water to hang over their open windows in order to prevent dust from blowing in, and also to shield the interior from the hot sun. Whilst these blinds bore little resemblance to their modern-day counterparts, the idea soon caught on and spread to other areas. Nowadays of course, all of our windows have glass in them… but, how did that happen?

A New Year and a New Look for your home

new year resolution for 2018

For many people, the start of a new year is the perfect time for a makeover – either of themselves or other aspects of their life. This article isn’t concerned about dietary tips, giving up smoking or cutting down on alcohol after all those great deals at the local supermarket. Nope, we’re happy to leave you to decide if these things need a spruce up in your life or not.

Today we’re looking at ways you can bring a fresh look to your home if one of your New Year Resolutions involves tackling something about the way your house looks. For us here at Blindingly Obvious, this is certainly on our radar. Whilst ours has nothing to do with blinds (too many books, shoes, clothes and paperwork are on our New Year hit list!) you may be thinking about how your new year is the perfect time for a new look indoors. If it is, here are a few things to get you started.

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