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Oh So Shutters are first and foremost, passionate about the quality of your shutters but they are equally concerned about providing the best customer experience. At Oh So Shutters we are proud to say we have the expert knowledge and knowhow to help you make the best choice for your home. We pride ourselves in offering a personal friendly service; with no pushy sales techniques, working closely with our customers to offer sensitive and sound advice, most of all we let the quality of our shutters do the talking.
In the Hastings area, in particular, our valued customers have benefited from our exceptional knowledge and understanding of the the city and the surrounding suburbs, including the history, topography, architectural influences, as well as the environmental and economic climate.
The origins of Hastings began in the 8th century. Haestingas, an Old English tribal name, meaning ‘the followers of Hæsta’. Early settlers accessed the Wealden rocks which provided a plentiful supply of the ore. Later these settlements established were later exploited by the Romans when they arrived in 55 BC, who developed a well organised system where the Iron was worked locally to the north of the town, at Beauport Park, employing up to one thousand men and considered to have been the third largest mine in the Roman Empire.
After the Romans departed, however, the town suffered setbacks, both natural and man-made and over the next 240 years, Haestingas went under several battles, losing and winning, falling from one power lord to another. In Medieval times, the Norman Conquest began in 1066 with the Battle of Hastings. After this major, historic event, the small fishing town gave way to piracy, their trade coming to an end after the Napoleonic Wars. It was after then that the town became one of the most fashionable resorts in Britain, brought about by the trend for seawater bathing and the local springs and Roman baths. In response the elegant Wellington Square and Pelham Crescent, designed by Joseph Kay, were built, followed by other bold designs erected across the interesting city terrain.
Like many other coastal towns, the population of Hastings grew significantly. By the 1930s, the town underwent a face-lift. The promenade was rebuilt, and an Olympic-size bathing pool was erected, regarded in its day as one of the best open-air swimming and diving complexes in Europe, later morphing into a holiday camp.
Some Georgian houses in Hastings still maintain their original features including internal window shutters that fold back as leaves into architraves either side of the panelled window surround. The main windows would have decorative hinges and in the service rooms the window shutters were plainer with strap hinges.
Many window shutters have since been ripped out, boxed or fixed permanently into the frames, however, more recently, people are reinstalling interior shutters into their homes as more and more people are becoming aware of the true benefits of these versatile window fixtures.
Like all our Hastings customers, Oh So Shutters are highly influenced by timeless style and elegance and will strive to enhance and and improve your interior spaces, offering professional advice and consideration to your personal, aesthetic and practical requirements.
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