Saturday, 21 April 2012
If you are looking for the Castle Comfort Stairlifts legendary website
Castle Comfort Stairlifts offers top brand stairlifts, keen prices and fast installs for all those seeking stairlifts in Northampton, Northamptonshire . And all work comes with our no-quibble guarantees and famous customer service satisfaction.
on 01604 269919 If however, you are looking for fascinating facts about the area then feel free to read on.
Stairlifts Northampton – Stairlifts Northamptonshire
Do you live in or near Northampton? If you do and are in need of a stairlift, then Castle Comfort Stair Lifts are the people to help. We have been helping people with mobility problems to get up and down the stairs in Northampton for almost 15 years so we know a little bit about stairlifts!
We know that more than a 1,000 people in the area own stairlifts too. This is just a small percentage of the retired population of more than 41,000 that live in the area. If statistics fascinate you, take a look at our scrolling counter at the bottom of our homepage which clocks up new stairlift owners by the minute!
If you want to know more about how we can help you,
please give our local office a call on 01604 269919
These boots are made for walking ...
Daniel Defoe, writer and journalist, wrote that an English man’s shoes were ‘from Northampton for all; the poorest countryman and the master.’
In fact shoemaking in Northampton goes right back to the 15th century when the raw materials were readily available to the town – a large cattle market was held there and the River Nene, later the Grand Union Canal and then the railways made distribution good.
The Irish war of the 1600’s meant an order for 600 pairs of boots and 4,000 pairs of shoes from the army really established Northampton as the heart of the industry. One of the four remaining Northampton manufacturers, Edward Green Shoes still supplies the British Army. The other remaining manufacturers are the famous Church’s, Crockett & Jones and Trickers.
A little bit of history
The market town of Northampton which is less than 70 miles North West of London grew up around the River Nene in the Bronze Age. It began to really grow once the Normans arrived and built a castle and town walls. However due to Northampton’s support for the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War, King Charles II had it pulled down. Northampton Railway Station now stands on the site of the castle.
In the 13th century scholars from the University of Cambridge established a university in the town. Henry 111 ‘dissolved’ the university after 4 years saying it posed a problem for the University of Oxford! It would be another 734 years before the University of Northampton was re-established in 1999.
It seems the kings of England have been fond of putting a stop to things in Northampton over the years. At least they have no influence over whether or not you install a stairlift, in fact one, Henry VIII is thought to be the original ‘father of stairlifts’! His staff developed a block and tackle type of contraption to get him up and down the stairs once his jousting injury caused him to be less active and the huge feats caused him to put on colossal amounts of weight.
Fortunately what we can offer you is a much simpler and more comfortable apparatus to transport you up and down the stairs. Not only do you regain or retain your independence but you are less likely to have an accident on the stairs with a stairlift. We can supply you straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts or perch stairlifts and even reconditioned ones; as we supply all UK manufactured chairlifts, you can compare them here.
If you’d like us to assess your home for one, please give us a call on 01604 269919 .
Once shoe production slowed in the 20th century, Northampton took a while to get up steam again. It wasn’t really until it was designated a ‘New Town’ in 1968 that the town began to see a turn around. Both the rail links and the proximity of the M1 have assisted Northampton as a commuter town.
Industries that support the town now include engineering, finance – Barclaycard, Nationwide Building Society, technology – Panasonic, Texas Instrument, food processing – Coca Cola, Schweppes, brewing - Carlsberg, shoe machinery production, leather goods, cosmetics – Avon Products, and car accessories.
Northampton has a number of notable historic buildings including the round church, Church of the Holy Sepulchre which was built in 1100; the Guildhall is a great example of Victorian Gothic architecture; Delapré Abbey a former nunnery; the Carlsberg Brewery.
Whilst speaking of historic buildings in the area we must mention Althorp. Althorp is the ancestral home of the sheep farming Spencer family and has been since the 16th century. The present Earl is Charles Spencer brother of the Late Princess Diana who is buried on the island of the lake on the estate.
The house was originally a brick Tudor designed building but was altered in the 18th century by the architect Henry Holland to its present form.
This is the name of Northampton’s rugby union premiership club. They were formed in 1880 and play on their home ground Franklin’s Gardens, a purpose built rugby stadium.
Beating Munster in the 1999-2000 Heineken Cup was their first major win. Having won several other trophies since and reaching the finals of the Heineken Cup again in 2010-2011 has kept them at the top of their game.
Who do you know from Northampton?
There are a lot of well-known people that hail from or have connections with Northampton both now and in the past. For instance did you know that actor Errol Flynn played a season at Northampton Playhouse? Or that author Jerome K Jerome who wrote Three Men in a Boat died here? Or that poet John Clare spent time in St Andrew’s Hospital in the town then known as Northampton County Lunatic Asylum?
· More recently Alan Carr went to school in Northampton when his father Graham Carr was manager of Northampton Town FC
· Author Anne Fine also went to school in the town – she is well known as a children’s author and most famously Madame Doubtfire
· Born in the town was actress Joan Hickson most remembered for her role as Miss Marple although she was a star of stage and screen long before
· Actress Nanette Newman who married Bryan Forbes and is mother of presenter Emma Forbes was born in Northampton
· As was Lesley Joseph still best known for her role as Dorian in Birds of a Feather
· Matt Smith the latest in a long line of Dr Who’s comes from here
· DJ & presenter Jo Whiley was born here and still lives in the county now with her husband and four children
· Michael Underwood, TV presenter was also born here
· Octogenarian Des O’Connor was evacuated to Northampton during WWII and briefly played for Northampton FC before embarking on his long entertainment and singing career
· Singer James Morrison lived here for 18 months
· Comedian and singer Tim Minchin was born in Northampton
· Faye Tozer from Steps was also born in Northampton
· Architect Will Alsop was born here and studied for his foundation locally before going on to design the London Underground’s Jubilee Line, North Greenwich tube station and Cardiff Bay’s Visitor Centre amongst many other projects
So Northamptonians if you still need more information about stairlifts, you know who to ask for an unbiased opinion. Take a look at our stairlift prices and opportunities for grants or 0% finance and then please talk to us about making your life easier. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions on 01604 269919 .