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Kent long tails? Read on to find out what they are. But first Canterbury is the only city in Kent and its name comes from Old English Cantwareburg which means the stronghold of Kent people. It has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries attracted to the Cathedral where the first Archbishop made his home. Famous for the Time Teams “Big Dig” in which artefacts from many periods of ancient history were unearthed live on TV, the area has now been redeveloped to make way for the Whitefriars shopping complex. Canterbury attracts a million visitors a year and is also the home of Kent County Cricket Club.
Kent and Sussex both lay claim to being the mother county of cricket, as there is evidence of the game developing in the Weald among farming and metalworking communities, in an area between the North and South Downs. This covers both East Sussex, Kent and the Medway area nearer to London, which are all areas we serve for our lift installations.
Give us a call today by going direct to our Kent stairlifts surveyor on Maidstone 01622 616046.If you are looking for fascinating facts about the area then feel free to read on.
Kent County Cricket Club boasts many first class wicket-keepers who have gone on to play for England but arguably their greatest player when as a side they achieved great success in the 1970's was Colin Cowdrey C.B.E. With over a hundred Tests and more than 7,600 runs, he was inducted into the ICC Cricketing Hall of Fame last year. His 22 centuries is a record held jointly with two other players, and he is one of only a handful of batsmen to have scored over 100 first-class centuries.
Dover is one of the busiest ferry ports and is home to Dover Castle which was strengthened and defended by Henry VIII the royal inventor of the stairlift. See bariatric stairlift for information on that unusual fact. It also has it's famous white cliffs which has been voted as a top 3 natural wonder of the British Isles. In song it is remembered with the timeless World War 2 Classic sung by Vera Lynn - “There'll be Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover.” If your mum or dad would remember that then they might remember Castle Comfort Stairlifts for when they need a platform lift or other access lift to get upstairs. Keith or Anne can speak to you directly and tell you about the wide selection of Electric Beds and Riser Recliner Chairs available for the elderly as well. They offer you a one-stop solution for your needs.
Maidstone is the county town of Kent and is the administrative centre for the county council. It has in the past been the main centre for the agricultural area known as the “Garden of England.” There are still market gardens, orchards and hop gardens around here that in between the wars attracted many Londoners to take a working holiday picking hops and apples here.
Today more modern industries in the town are its paper and packaging production facilities. In fact Europe's largest paper recycling plant is here. If you would like to save a bit of money and do your bit for the environment maybe you would be interested in recycling by selling your curved Stannah stairlift 260 or by buying a reconditioned chairlift. Whether you want a new or a reconditioned lift give us a call on Maidstone 01622 616046 and our local surveyor can get you a free no obligation quote.
Another place that attracts the Londoner on holiday is Margate. For at least 250 years it has been drawing visitors to its sandy beaches along with its neighbour Ramsgate. It has a traditional seaside amusement area that is being developed into a seaside entertainment museum and is centred in the Dreamland Amusement Park. Here is where the UK's oldest wooden roller coaster is situated, alongside rides taken from Rhyl and Southport. Some people might have been offered or even bought a second hand stairlift that rides like a wooden rollercoaster on a rack and pinion and sounds “clanky” in operation. We would strongly advise you not to purchase an old fashioned lift like that which is likely to be at best uncomfortable and unreliable and at worst highly dangerous. You need to find the best lift for your needs and home situation and whether straight or curved and whether new or reconditioned Castle Comfort Stairlifts offer only electric lifts with battery back-ups and smooth, easyglide, whisper quiet service.
Here, as with all our regional Stairlift Blogs, we have the main towns in Kent, along with a selection of notable residents – past and present. It’s always remarkable how many people do not know who comes from their own town. The reference to the Long tails? It simply means someone who comes from Kent, so all these famous folk could be called one too.
Ashford – Paul O’Grady, Comedian. Ray Dorset, Musician and founder of ‘Mungo Jerry’. Broadstairs – Thomas Russell Crampton, railway engineer. Oliver Postgate, creator of popular television programmes such as ‘The Clangers’ and ‘Bagpuss’. Chatham – Charles Dickens, Author. Lee Ryan, member of the boyband ‘Blue’. Dover – Jeffery Archer, MP and Novelist. Charlotte Bellamy, Television actress. Edenbridge – William Taillour, previous Lord Mayor of London. Tony Burns, Football player and manager. Folkestone – William Harvey, discoverer of the circulation of blood. Sam Pepper, Big Brother 2010 contestant. Gillingham – Dick Tabasco, inventor of Tabasco sauce. Gary Rhodes, chef and restaurateur. Herne Bay – Nicki Chapman, judge on the UK television series ‘Popstars’. Bob Holness, actor and presenter. Maidstone - Karen Millen, fashion designer. Shaun Williamson, Actor (Barry from Eastenders). Paddock Wood – Phillip Brown, actor appeared in ‘Casualty’ and ‘The Bill’. John Brunt VC, oldier killed in WWII. Rochester – St John Fisher, Bishop executed by Henry VIII because he refused to sanction the divorce of Catherine of Aragon. Royal Tunbridge Wells – Bob Todd, comedy actor. Sid Vicious, musician Bassist of the Punk Rock Group ‘The Sex Pistols’. Sevenoaks – John Donne, Poet. Diana Princess of Wales went to school in Sevenoaks. Snodland – Judge Dread, White Reggae star. Samuel Beckett, poet and playwright. Swanley – Alan Knott, England Cricketer. Mike Stock, songwriter and record producer. Tenterden – Sir David Frost, British journalist, comedian, writer and media personality. Tonbridge – Indie Band ‘Keane’ are residents of the town. Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic Medallist.
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Brighton with Hove were separate towns until 1997 when they were joined together to form the city of Brighton and Hove. Originally Brighton was a small fishing village but today is the most populated seaside resort in the UK and additionally attracts 8 million tourists a year. It has the worlds oldest operating electric railway which runs from near the Aquarium on the Promenade to Black Rock which is near to Brighton Marina – the UK's largest.
The town really took off as a seaside destination when Prince George came to the coast to drink seawater as a cure for his neck! I'm sure he would have preferred a thermos flask on the promenade to a swig of saltwater! He had the famous Royal Pavilion, pictured to the left, remodelled from an old farmhouse that stood here originally into the extravagant Taj-Mahal style building which it is today. It's now a theatre and concert venue where famously ABBA won the Eurovision song contest.
It's often called ‘London by Sea’, because of it's easy access to the capital and where we also have a London Stairlift office from which we can give you the best stairlifts prices in Sussex.
Eastbourne is primarily a tourist resort though your relative might have retired here to enjoy the “sunniest place in all of Britain,” and that's official as it holds the record for the highest recorded amount of sunshine in a month, 383.9 hours in July 1911.
The seafront retains its old-time air as it is fronted by Victorian hotels and only a few shops. This is because the area is still owned by the Duke of Devonshire who owns Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, and who wants it kept as it is.
If your relative wants things kept as they are and to remain in the home they love you may need Sussex stairlifts prices or information on new or reconditioned lifts without obligation so why not call Castle Comfort Stairlifts for free on 0800 007 6959 24 hours or go to their website at http://www.castlecomfortstairlifts.co.uk
Hastings is known for having Europe's largest beach-based fishing fleet. It also, like Brighton, developed into a seaside resort in the Victorian era. The town unusually boasts not just one but two lifts (one of these is pictured) to carry passengers up the steep slope overlooking the Old Town. It is now the steepest funicular in the UK.(Does this mean it's funny? If you want a laugh try our stairlift cartoons site)
The neighbouring West Hill Cliff Lift, helps people access Hastings Castle and the Smugglers Adventure in St. Clements Caves, which unfortunately are not wheelchair accessible, unlike our Castle Comfort Centre showroom which is easily accessible and fully complies with the Disability Discrimination Act. Do you?
Bexhill on Sea is a popular place for the retired and in deed someone who retired here made it possible for you to be reading these words on a computer screen. John Logie Baird designed the first television whose original invention was adapted to produce the VDU screens used for computers.
Bexhill is also the birthplace of motor racing in the UK holding its first race in 1902 along the front. This was part of the towns plans to become a fashionable resort, headed by Earl De La Warr and included building the De La Warr Pavilion alongside the colonnade pictured up above.
As with all our regional Stairlift Blogs, we have the main towns in the county of East Sussex, along with a selection of noteable residents – past and present. It’s always remarkable, how many people do not know just who comes from their own town.
Bexhill-on-Sea – Eddie Izzard, Comedian. John Logie Baird, Scottish inventor of the television. Graham Norton, Irish Actor, Comedian and Television Presenter.
Brighton and Hove – Paul McCartney, Musician member of The Beatles. Simon Cowell, Sony BMG Executive. Peter Andre, British born singer.
Crowborough – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Author of the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries. Ross Kemp, Actor best known for his role as Grant Mitchell in Eastenders.
Eastbourne – Michael Fish MBE, BBC weather forecaster. Leapy Lee, Singer best known for his 1968 single ‘Little Arrows’.
Hastings – Jo Brand, Comedian. Simon Fuller, Pop-Music Manager, most famously of The Spice Girls.
Heathfield – Tom Baker, Actor and Comedian known for his role as ‘The Doctor’ in BBC’s Doctor Who. Jayne Torvill, British Ice-Dancer.
Lewes – Charlie Watts, Musician member of the Rolling Stones. Tim Rice-Oxley, Musicial member of piano rock band Keane.
Rye – Monica and Gabriella Irimia, Members of the pop duo The Cheeky Girls. John Ryan, Cartoonist famed for his TV cartoon Captain Pugwash.
Uckfield – Trinny Woodhall, from TV’s Trinny and Susannah. Nicholas van Hoogstraten, Property developer.
If you know of any more famous names from East Sussex for our stairlift blog then mention them in the comments. We will gladly add them in.
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Bognor Regis is another retirement hotspot where we install our Castle Comfort Stairlift range from the top UK manufacturers. It is not as some people think next door to Lyme Regis in Dorset. The name Regis after a placename tells us that a Royal was a patron of the town and is in fact Latin for 'of the king.'
Bognor is blessed with the healthy sea air which led King George V to convalesce here in 1929 and which ultimately led to the Regis being added to its name.
Aswell as having a quarter of the population being over retirement age, which is higher than the national average, who like nothing more than pottering about, there are a number of younger foolish Boggers??! who regularly jump off the pier (what is the proper name for a resident of Bognor Regis anyway? Let us know in the comments) These aren't hooligans, I'm talking about the annual 'Birdman of Bognor' competition, where competitors wearing crazy costumes and contraptions try to fly the furthest and be crowned winner. Past participants have included Blue Peter presenters and Sir Richard Branson.
Crawley the town is in the North East of West Sussex, south of London and north of Brighton and Hove. It is surrounded by smaller towns including Horley, Redhill, Reigate, Dorking, Horsham, Haywards Heath and East Grinstead. The borough of Crawley is bordered by the West Sussex local authority areas of Mid Sussex and Horsham districts, and the Mole Valley and Tandridge districts and the Borough of Reigate and Banstead in the county of Surrey.
It's first mention as a town according to written records in the 1200's was when King John gave permission for a weekly market to take place here. It stayed as a smallish market town until the 1800's. Situated halfway between London and the coast it became a coaching stop for travellers visiting the newly fashionable Brighton. The original coach stop is in the picture to the right. In 1947 it became an official New Town as it's location near to Gatwick Airport deemed it perfect for more housing and commercial development.
Worthing was originally a small fishing village, with no harbour or river, on which tiny mackerel boats could travel. It wasn't until the 1700's when Princess Amelia stayed in the town to recouperate after TB that the town developed into a seaside resort to rival Brighton. With it's Regency Park Crescent and other Georgian buildings it was a pleasing place for the high society of the time. It forms part of the Brighton – Worthing - Littlehampton conurbation along with nearby towns and villages like Littlehampton, Findon, Sompting, Lancing, Shoreham-by-Sea and Southwick. Worthing is also a borough, and is Britains's 12th largest conurbation, with a population of nearly half a million. The borough of Worthing is bordered by the West Sussex local authority districts of Arun in the north and west, and Adur in the east.
Horsham is a market town that got it's name from 'Horse ham,' which means in Old English the place where horses were kept. It's history shows it was once a very important place for brewing and had several breweries here. Cheers to that! The town is unusual for having a raft of top county and English cricket players either playing here or living here. Must be something in that beer!
It was voted in 2006 by a Channel 4 property show as the 2nd best place in England to live, as it has low crime and high life expectancy. If you are living longer you might need the assistance of a company like Castle Comfort Stairlifts who can offer a whole range of mobility and homecare products to meet your needs.
As with all our regional Stairlift Blogs, we have the main towns in the county of West Sussex, along with a selection of noteable residents – past and present. It’s always remarkable, how many people do not know just who comes from their own town.
Arundel – Judy Geeson, Actress best known for her roles in ‘The Newcomers’ and ‘To Sir, with Love’. C.E.M Joad, Philosopher and Broadcaster.
Bognor Regis – William Blake, Poet. Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English Poet, Illustrator and Painter.
Burgess Hill – Michael York, Actor best known for his role as ‘Basil Exposition’ in the ‘Austin Powers’ comedies. Colin Griffiths, Presenter known for his work on MTV.
Chichester – Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop. Mavis Pugh, Actress seen in programmes such as ‘Faulty Towers’ and ‘Are you being served?’.
Crawley – Gareth Southgate, former England international and Middlesbrough F.C player. The Cure, English Rock Band.
East Grinstead – Sir Patrick Moore, Astrologer. Right Said Fred, English Pop Band.
Haywards Heath – Leslie Ash, Actress best known for her role in ‘Men Behaving Badly’. Robert Kazinski, Actor best known for his role as Sean Slater in Eastenders.
Horsham – Harry Enfield, Actor and Comedian. Holly Willoughby, Presenter and Model.
Worthing – Harold Pinter, Playwright known for his plays ‘Sleuth’ and ‘The Homecoming’. Thomas Shay Brandeth, English Mathematician and Inventor.
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They are a main manufacturer - and we - are an authorised agency for their stairlift models, covering the UK. Click on the Castle for more.
Just to check , their correctly spelt name again -It is Stannah.
It's the most well-known brand and you can get impartial advice from Castle Comfort Stairlifts who cover all the brands in the market to give you choice, including Stannah via their agency with the company. So, if you favour and fancy a stairlift with the most famous name in the stairlift world - click on the Castle today for a quote.
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If you want to know which royal inventor, who famously ordered the world's first bariatric stairlift, also ordered the construction of several castles in the county of Hampshire then read on.
Hampshire is one of the South Coast counties and is one of the most populated English counties, being commutable to London, and has close to 2 million residents. This number rises even more when you add the tourist visitors it attracts. It has beautiful coastal resorts including Lee-on-Solent and Lymington known for having 2 sailing marinas. It also appeals with its scenic South Downs and of course the New Forest. Dorset is its neighbour to the west, another county where we install our stairlifts.
Southampton is the biggest city in Hampshire and according to Wikipedia "In 2005 the Government Statistics stated that Southampton was the third most densely populated city in the country after London and Portsmouth respectively [and] Hampshire County Council expects the city's population to grow by around a further two per cent between 2006 and 2013...The highest increases are expected among the elderly."
The city has a strong maritime history. It was from here that the Pilgrim Fathers sailed to America. It was also the port from which the Titanic sailed and for nearly 40 years the greatest transatlantic cruise liner the QE2 embarked from here. It's also the nearest city to the New Forest, where Sotonians can get fresh air, exercise and some peace and quiet.
If your relative can't tackle walking in the forest without assistance and upstairs is getting more difficult for them then call the
Castle Comfort Stairlifts surveyor in Southampton - (023) 8124 3046 to enquire about stairlift prices and the best stairlift for their needs.
For Portsmouth Stairlifts you need to call 02392 395095.
There's no reasonable reason for a family home to be sold with its priceless memories and comfortable, familiar feel. Bungalows in Southampton aren't an easy option as selling, buying and moving home is one of the most stressful life events for anyone. Why not be uplifted by the easier, quicker and cheaper option of a stairlift? It's only right they keep their hard fought independence, isn't it?
Portsmouth is the second biggest city in Hampshire and is known as Pompey. This nickname is believed to come from Pom.P which is what sailors coming into Portsmouth Harbour would write in their navigation logs - an abbreviation of Portsmouth Point. The headquarters of the Royal Marine Commando's is to be found here and a major dock for the Navy too.
It is Britains only island city as most of Portsmouth is actually on Portsea Island and although it looks like it is on a peninsula it's an island joined to the mainland over bridges. Southsea is the seaside resort of Portsmouth where you will find the usual funfair rides and amusements and is also where you can find the ferry to the Isle of Wight and in the summer you can get there by hovercraft as it runs every half an hour. The Southsea-Ryde hovercraft is now the worlds longest running hovercraft company and now is Britain's only passenger hovercraft.
Remember the question at the top of the page? The royal credited with the invention of the bariatric stairlift. That is Henry VIII who had a wooden contraption ordered to be constructed to help his obese body up stairs. He also ordered several castles to be built in Hampshire mainly on the coast as defensive forts against invaders - these were Southsea Castle, Calshot Castle and Hurst Castle.
Here below, as with all our regional stairlift blogs, we have some of the notable residents (past and present) of Hampshire. It’s always remarkable, how many people do not know just who comes from where they live.
Fareham – Robert Goddard, author. Eastleigh – Scott Mills, Radio 1 DJ. Colin Firth, actor. Havant – Benny Hill, actor and comedian. Farnborough – Anne Robinson, TV personality. Paul Weller, singer-songwriter.
Andover – Lucinda Green, champion equestrian and journalist. Reg Presley, member of the bad The Troggs. Fleet – Raquel Cassidy, actress. John Feaver, tennis player. Waterlooville – Beatrice Shilling, aeronautical engineer.
Isle of Wight – Bear Grylls, survival expert. Basingstoke – Alexa Chung, TV presenter. Jane Austen, author.John Arlott, English writer and broadcaster.
Liz Hurley, actress.
Aldershot – Alex Reid, cage fighter and husband of glamour model Katie Price. Martin Freeman, actor appeared in films such as Ali G Indahouse and ‘Love Actually’.
Southampton – Charlie Dimmock, TV garderner. Craig David, musician. Waltham – Amanda Holden, Eastenders actress and judge on Britain’s Got Talent. Andover – Charles Clarke, botanist. Portsmouth – Charles Dickens, novelist. George Balfour, Scottish electrical engineer and founder of construction company Balfour Beatty.
Kingsclere – Clare Balding, TV sports presenter and journalist.
Burseldon – Claude Grahame-White, aviator and engineer. Tongham – Cyril Garbett, English prelate. Gosport – Edward Hargraves, English colonialist. Winchester – Baroness Mary Warnock, philosopher and educationist. Henry III, former King of England. Bentworth – George Wither, famous poet. Stoneham – Henry Liddon, English theologian. Steventon – Jane Austen, English novelist Southsea – Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian. Lancelot Hogben, author of a number of popular books such as ‘Mathematics for the Millions’. Dippenhall – John Gurdon, English geneticist. Lyndhurst – Keith Harris, ventriloquist famous for his act with Orville the Duck. Alresford – Mary Mitford, English novelist and dramatist. Ringwood – Max Nicholson, conservationist.
Emsworth – Nicholas Lyndhurst, English actor well known for his role in Only Fools and Horses as Rodney Trotter. Bransgore – Pam Gems, English dramatist. Ropely – Samuel Gardiner, famous historian. Hayling Island – Simon Gray, dramatist, director and novelist famous for television plays The Never Slept and After Pilkington Bishopstoke – William Gilbert, English novelist. Odiham – William Lilye, English classical grammarian and scholar. Romsey – William Petty, English economist. Lymington – Mark Knopfler, British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score composer. Hollybourne – Alan Titchmarsh, TV gardener. Petersfield – Tim Rodber, England rugby player. Daniel Day Lewis, actor who went to school in Petersfield. Grayshot - Colin Firth, actor.