History of Double Glazing

History of Double Glazing

Have you even wondered when double glazing was invented? Do you know who invented it? Double glazing is a process in which windows have two sheets of glass with a spacer bar around the corners. This creates an insulating barrier through which higher levels of energy efficiency is achieved. Between the glass panes, the gap is filled with a vacuum or a heavy inert gas like Argon.   

Read further to know about the history of double glazing.

History of Double Glazing

Double glazing is believed to be created in Scotland during the Victorian Era. The winters were harsh in those times and households relied on kitchen fire to keep warm. The lager houses suffered the most as they had more rooms to keep warm. Somewhere in this era, double glazing originated and was welcomed enthusiastically.

Moreover, in 1930 this technology was welcomed in the U.S Thermopane was created by an inventor Haven. It became famous during the 1940s and 50s, with the Thermopane being a symbol of luxury and sophistication throughout this period.

Popularity in the UK

In the UK, double glazing got popular in 1970s. The reason behind this is that previously people did not have the incentive to improve their energy efficiency. The materials were expensive until 1970s when aluminium frame was developed. During the 1970s there was an energy crisis, which made UK to rethink how dependent it was on foreign oil. As a result of this, the high prices of oil leaded to decreased use of oil. Most of the people started using double glazing to become more energy efficient.

Furthermore, within a short time many double glazing companies were established in order to meet the demand. Double glazing has expanded from the aluminium frame based windows to plenty of different varieties of frames and types of glass.

Apart from this, governing bodies were established to oversee the industry and report negative tactics by the company’s marketing their goods. The main body for double glazing is the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF).

Moreover, the late 1980s and early 90s witnessed the rise of uPVC windows and doors. PVC-U frames are manufactured from a thermoplastic polymer known as unplasticised polyvinyl chloride.

Double Glazing in Recent Times

Nowadays, double glazing is more than a luxury item need-based commodity. It is a major home improvement technique through which the dependence on the oil is decreased. As the number of companies increase, the application of the technology has expanded from simple windows to whole conservatories. It is estimated that 3000 million pounds are spent on replacement windows, doors and conservatories. Therefore, double glazing is expected to continue to prosper with more energy efficient incentives and items available on the market. It remains an essential part of houses as they provide heat proofing solutions. Along with this, they reduce the carbon trail.

Hence, the double glazing invention can be traced back to the Victorian era. It was first invented by the Scots and over the years gained popularity throughout the world.

What are the duties of a solicitor?

It is not enough to just take the assistance of a solicitor. Whether you have hired them from your locality or from any other location, you need to be aware about the duties of a solicitor, so that you would not be cheated. Here we are mentioning the components around which their duties revolve.

  • Disclosure
    Solicitor’s fee is the main aspect that need to be considered. Your solicitor must tell you in black and white about his fee and the other expenses before the starting of the project. Once an agreement is signed between you, your solicitor need to send timely bills and information of the work for which he has charged you.
  • Privacy
    The conversations and documentation related to your case should remain confidential and should be revealed in the necessary situations. Solicitors need to follow rules for the maintenance of such files.
  • Clients instructions
    A solicitor cannot take any decision on his own, he need to carry out the instructions given by the client but that should also be in accordance with law.
  • Updates
    Solicitors must make their clients know about each and every update of the matter in written. He should consider the clients’ opinions and provide them the advice about the best action that can be taken. In case clients opinion does not match with the course of action, solicitor should treat his clients politely and assist them in the having the understanding about law. 

Solicitors or an advocate always need to act honestly in the interests of their clients. One of their most important aim while working for a client is to build the client’s confidence. It is understood that for becoming a solicitors there are particular educational requirements and also a solicitor can specialise in a single field. For instance, he may be a property solicitor or a solicitor for the elderly people issues or any other. So, solicitors should deal in the cases only for which they have the required proficiency or they are legally valid.

A Birmingham based legal firm were representing the worlds largest taxis booking apps partner for taxis in Birmingham due to a competitor not being happy with the work that they were attracting.

To cut a long story short the company representing Birmingham City Taxis forgot there duties as a solicitor and breached the privacy laws, not only did this have a terrible repercussion for there client it had a terrible effect on the legal firms reputation and business.

Making the most of wood

Using your wood to the maximum

Did you know that your wood burning stove doesn’t have to be used for just heating up your home? Using your wood burning stove to cook is also possible as long as you use the right appliances as a roofing company from Plymouth found out.

How is it possible?

If your wood burning stove has a circular plate or a flat surface, you can easily cook food on it! You can use it to boil the kettle or use it to cook food in a pot! You can do all of this whilst receiving heat from the fire burning below.

What can you cook?

On a wood burning stove, you can do anything from boiling water, heating up soup or noodles and even using it to do more serious dishes such as a slow-cooked dish like a stew or slow cooking lamb!

What do I use to cook?

We recommend that you use a cast iron pot to cook with and as the temperature is uncontrollable, it is best to use a metal trivet or a cast iron trivet to put under the pot. The food will cook slower depending on how many trivets you have underneath. You can also decrease the heat by moving the pot outwards. This will take it away from the hottest part which you will find in the middle of the flue.

Charity Raffle This September, Fantastic Prizes!

This September we are organising a charity raffle event with some fantastic prizes, including a snazzy range of electric fireplaces ready for the winter! More information to come including dates, food and what you can expect on the day.

Yorkshire Ridings are a community based organisation that likes to bring the community together and help those in need.

Charity raffles are a great way to raise awareness and money for the less unfortunate, we would like to call on all local businesses that have any products or services to offer as a raffle reward to please get in touch with us by posting a comment on this post.


What route should you take?

When visiting Plymouth, you may be looking for horse riding routes and as there as so any, you may be finding it difficult to choose which one is best! I have listed 7 different horse riding routes that I feel are the best. I have listen them in order of my favourites, my favourite one being first.

  1. The King’s Forest Rides
    The King’s Forest Route is 2 circuits that connect around the villages of Moulton, Barrow and Gazeley. The 2 circuits are between Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket. This is a beautiful route.
  2. The Stanton Rides
    The Stanton Rides is a 30 miles around that consists of 3 circular trails. Located just off the A143, this route sits beautifully between Diss and Bury St Edmunds. Definitely a route to try out!
  3. Easton Farm Park
    Easton Farm Park is a gorgeous route that is situated near Wickham Market. Over a course of 15 miles, there are four different routes to take, all of which are waymarked to make it easier for you.
  4. The Newmarket Rides
    The Newmarket Rides offers a series of different circuits which are situated between Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket. This route, similar to the King’s Forest Rides, is surrounded by the beautiful villages of Barrow, Moulton and Gazeley.
  5. The Munnings Trail
    The Munnings Trail is a stunning 26-mile horse riding route that circles the Suffolk-Norfolk border. This route is by Harleston and take you straight through to the small village of Mendham.
  6. The Mildenhall Rides
    The Mildenhall Rides consists of three different trails that are around five to seven miles each. This lovely route takes you through Cavenham, Red Lodge and Mildenhall.
  7. The Icknield Way Trail
    This route is one of the biggest routes in Plymouth as it over 100 miles. With the bridleways passing through Suffolk and following through to places like Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, it is definitely a route for those wanted a little more out of their riding experience.

It’s a beautiful day, why not?

The weather recently has been perfect! No rain, just gorgeous sun. This weather is every sports people’s dream! Plymouth is perfect for adventures and with 100s of routes to choose from, anything you fancy doing, cycling, horse riding, motor biking, walking, running or even water sports, Plymouth has it all available at your fingertips!

Go walking

Why not walk along the breath taking coastline, over the luscious green countryside or take a stroll through the beautiful thick woodlands of Plymouth? Walking through these beautiful places allows you to really take in the fresh air and gives you all the time in the world to gaze your eyes upon the wonders of the world.

Go riding

Why not get on your bicycle or hop onto a motorbike and take to the roads? There is so much to explore in Plymouth so why not make it easier and get more in whilst keeping fit and healthy at the same time! There are so many cycling routes in and around Plymouth that you can choose from and there are many, many places to ride your motorbike too.

Hop on that horse and gallop off into the sunset

Imagine, galloping down the coastline, looking out to sea… what an amazing experience that would be right? Why not bring your horses down to Plymouth or go to an equestrian and ride one from there?

Walking and cycling through Plymouth is one thing but sharing the experience with others around you and trotting through quiet villages, leafy woodlands, fresh sea air routes or beautiful sunset countryside is just unreal. With most of Plymouth being a nature reserve and being horse friendly, there are many, many places to ride your house.

Events this year

Horse riding events in Plymouth

So, I am very excited to talk about the Pony Club event that is coming up! And as for people travelling from all of the UK, I presume some people may be looking for transport and places to stay! So I thought I would help you a little.

With transport, there are a few taxi companies that are very friendly and will be there to help, but you must book in with them due to the number of people that will be attending.

With hundreds of ponies and lots of people showing their babies off, it is a day that is full of beautiful ponies, excited owners and a room genuinely just full of cheer!

The Pony Club Regional Championships will take place on the 2nd September 2016 and I am positive that this year will definitely not be one to miss! With the ponies in the championships, they are complete beauties and I cannot wait to see who takes that first place!

The Pony Club Regional Championships will take place at the Bicton Arena near Budleigh Salterton in Devon! And as it is fast approaching, I thought I would give you some advice if you’re thinking of coming down!

Where is best to stay?

I have listed below three places that are in my opinion the best places to stay! But as they are not the biggest of hotels, you must book quickly or else all of their rooms will be fully booked!

  1. Pebbles Bed and Breakfast by the Beach
    This hotel is anyone’s cup of tea! It is situated on a beautiful beach overlooking the sea and with its beautiful bright, sailor type decor, it is a very tasteful place to stay.

  2. The Long Range
    The Long Range hotel is a beautiful hotel gives you stunning views of the Otter Valley and offers a wide range of activities for you as well (so it’s great for families).
  3. Rosehill Rooms and Cookery
    This hotel offers rooms that are tastefully decorated and sits in a beautiful area. All of their four bedrooms are airy and spacious and offer beautiful views from each window.

Get on that motorbike!


So whether you fancy hiring a motorbike for the day or for the weekend or whether you have your own motorbike and want to travel the beautiful city of Plymouth, this blog can help you do just that!

Want to hire a motorbike?

There are three main places in Plymouth where you can hire a motorbike at amazing prices. I have listed the three places to go if you’re looking to hire a motorbike below for you.

  1. Motorcycles 2 Hire

    Whatever the weather, this motorbike hire shop is open all year around and encourages you to still ride, even in the snow! Motorcycles 2 hire offer packages such as hiring for one day, travelling around the beautiful places around them (Plymouth, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall) or even if you wanted to travel around the UK!

    Motorcycles 2 Hire are a very trusted company within Plymouth and are one of the leading motorcycle companies in the UK. They offer different bikes such as:
    – Touring Bikes
    – Cruiser Bikes
    – Sidecars
    – Adventure Bikes
    – Learner Legal Bikes
    And they also offer Insurance, clothing hire and many more!


  2. Mercury Motorcycle Hire

    Mercury Motorcycle hire is a family run business that is situated in Cornwall, Devon. Offering top of the range motorbikes at good prices, they are available to hire all year around.

    Mercury Motorcycle Hire offer a wide range of motorcycles that are all highly reliable and are all chosen specifically to provide you with comfort for any journey you aim to
    go on.

Classic Motorcycle Rental

If you are looking for a more classic drive and you’re looking for those classic bikes that really are a luxury to ride, Classic Motorcycle Rental is definitely the place you need to go! With bikes ranging from the old Harleys, Norton, Triton, Triumphs and many more classics, they are able to provide you with a classic experience!

Horse Riding spots around Plymouth

Horse riding around Plymouth is one of the best things you could ever do! From country paths to marvellous oak woodlands, there is so much to explore! Whether you have your own horses or you wish to go to an equestrian and use their horses, you can be sure, it will be a time to remember.

Have your own horse?

There are so many different routes you can take around Plymouth and its surrounding areas. Depending on what you are looking for, there are 100s you can try. Nearly every shop in Plymouth will have leaflets on all of the different routes you can take.

When horse riding around Plymouth, it is best to visit an equestrian beforehand if you’re unsure of what routes to take! An equestrian will show you all of the best routes that they feel you are looking for but as the horse riding routes around Plymouth are well signposted, you may just feel like doing it yourself and finding your own favourite route.

What equestrian is best?

In my opinion, Wembury Bay Riding School is one of the best riding schools there is in Plymouth. Offering a huge range of gorgeous horses that are unbelievably well looked after, they offer a yard that sits in the middle of 50 acres of countryside and woodland.

Wembury Bay Riding School overlooks the stunning Atlantic Ocean in the South West with mouth dropping views of the famous Eddystone lighthouse, Rame head and also Mewstone! So the riding school alone is a beautiful experience.

As this riding school is open all year around, whenever you visit Plymouth, you can go horse riding and you can experience it in all weather! Offering routes including bridal paths, woodlands or a coastal path, you can really take in that fresh air while you gallop around with your horse.

Cycling in Plymouth

Cycling can be an exhilarating sport at the best of times but, cycling somewhere that has an unbelievable scenic view and has the roads that your bike can just glide along, really makes it a journey worthwhile.

Don’t have a bike?

If you don’t have a bike or don’t have yours with you, why not hire one for the day? There are so many places in and around Plymouth that offer great deals for hiring out a bike! Plymouth Bike Hire offer great deals all year around and also help you with advice on what routes to take by what kind of scenery you’re looking for!

Plymouth Bike Hire will also help you determine your route by finding out what kind of level you’re at. If you’re with small children then a route that is uphill, through water or over mountains isn’t something you want to get stuck doing!

Looking for a family cycle route?

Plymbridge Woods is a great place to cycle if you are doing the route with your family! The Plymbridge Woods route is easy for children as it offers smooth routes and scenic views for all to enjoy!

The Plymbridge Woods route offers a gorgeous cycle ride which follows the old Great Western Railway! Starting from the very edge of Plymouth, you start off with stunning woodlands, over intriguing viaducts, towering quarries and end up out in the beautiful, breath taking open countryside. This route is just wonderful, yourself and the kids will love it!

If you’re struggling to find the right route for you, have a look on a website called ‘Map my Ride’. The website tells you every route in Plymouth and how hard it is, how many miles it will take you to complete it and the elevation.

Whatever route you decide to take, Plymouth offers stunning scenic views for everyone to enjoy and offers places to go and have a break or something to eat. It really is one of the best places to cycle.