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Chimney Cowls and Bird Guards in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire

Chimney Cowls and Bird Guards in Berkhamstead

A little about Berkhamstead in Hertfordshire

Berkhamsted is a historic town which is situated in the west of Hertfordshire, between the towns of Tring and Hemel Hempstead. It is also a civil parish with a designated Town Council within the administrative district of Dacorum.

The towns most prominent role in national affairs took place in early December 1066. Duke William of Normandy, having defeated the English army at Hastings, then crossing the River Thames at Wallingford. In Berkhamsted he was met by a delegation of the English establishment. He accepted the surrender of the English led by Aetheling Edgar, the heir to King Harold II's English claim to the throne, Archbishop Aldred, Earl Edwin, Earl Morcar and the chief men of London who swore loyalty to William in return for good government. He was offered the crown there but instead said he would accept the keys to London in Berkhamsted but would accept the crown of England in London. Therefore, in Berkhamsted, William of Normandy, became William the Conqueror. On Christmas Day 1066, William was crowned William I of England in Westminster Abbey. A traditional local legend refers to Berkhamsted as the real capital of England because of these historic events.

Berkhamsted today is most well known for its castle, now in ruins but once a popular country retreat of the Norman and Plantagenet kings. Berkhamsted is also the home of the British Film Institutes BFI National Archive at Kings Hill, one of the largest film and television archives in the world, which was endowed by John Paul Getty.

The name of Berkhamstead has been spelt in a variety of ways over the years, and the present spelling was adopted in 1937. Earlier spellings included Berkhampstead, Muche Barkhamstede, Berkhamsted Magna, Great Berkhamsted and Berkhamstead. The earliest recorded form of the name is the Old English Beorhoanstadde. Historian Percy Birtchnell identified over 50 different spellings and epithets since the Domesday Book. It is believed the original refers to homestead amongst the hills. The town is known locally and affectionately as "Berko".

Bird cages, caps and cowls fitted in Berkhamstead

Should your chimney require a cap or cowl, Ansell Chimneys will have the one to suit your property to protect against the following:

  • Birds or squirrels getting into and possibly nesting in the chimney
  • Our caps and cowls prevent rain from getting into the chimney
  • A good quality cowl or cap stops down drafts

With Ansell Chimneys valuable experience, we can identify your particular needs and advise you on the correct type for your situation. We will also look at the other houses nearby to ensure we fit one that is in keeping with the Berkhamstead area.

Ansell Chimneys fit all the major types of cages, caps and cowls, so drop us a line and we can tell you what would be the best option for you.

Ansell Chimneys have a selection of bird guards and cowls to show you. This will help you to decide what one to go for. Once you are happy with the type of cowl, cap or bird guard, we will arrange to come back to Berkhamstead to install the correct cap or cowl to your chimney.

Fortunately, Berkhamstead is well within our 'areas covered' range so this will not push the price up at all for either chimney sweeping or bird caps and cowl fitting.

Smoke tests in Berkhamstead

After Ansell Chimneys have swept your chimney, we carry out a quick, simple but effective test to ensure there is the correct draw and no smoke or other pollutants can flow back into your living space. This is quite simply a match-like device that smokes profusely when burnt and is placed just above the site of the fire. If the smoke is neatly drawn up the chimney, the fire will be safe to use.

So if you live in Berkhamstead and need your chimney swept, why not call or email Ansell Chimneys and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Ansell Chimneys

t: 01923 661 614

m: 07941 282 325

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