Bedmond is a village set in Three Rivers District of Hertfordshire. Bedmond is the birthplace of Nicholas Breakspear, who was the only Englishman to ever be Pope. Nicholas Breakspear was born at Bedmond Farm around 1100 AD, and the site where his home stood is marked by a plaque.
Nicholas took the name of Pope Adrian IV when he made the long journey from Bedmond to head the Catholic Church from 4 December 1154 to his death in 1159.
Adrian IV has been the only Englishman so far to occupy the papal chair. There does appear to be a little confusion as to his birthplace. Some state that Nicholas Breakspear was born at Breakspear Farm in the parish of Abbots Langley in Hertfordshire, whereas others refer to the place as Bedmond Farm near to St. Albans. What scholars do appear to agree on is that he received his early education at the Abbey School in St Albans.
His father was Robert, who later became a monk at St Albans. Nicholas himself, was refused admission to the monastery, being told by the abbot to "wait to go on with his schooling so that he might be considered more suitable". In the event, he did not wait and went on to Paris and eventually became a canon regular of the cloister of St. Rufus monastery near Arles. He rose to be prior and soon thereafter was unanimously elected abbot.
Today amid some modern housing in the village of Bedmond near St. Albans, there is a small plaque that records the spot as his birthplace. Bedmond village has several streets named after the Pope Adrian, including Popes Road, Adrian Road and Breakspeare Road.
His memory is also kept alive at Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School in St Albans. Here the pupils undertake a unit of work on the former Pope.
To be certain of a safely operating chimney, you should have them swept about once a year. The most sensible time to have your chimney swept is during the warmer months, as you are unlikely to be using the fire. Like so many things that happen annually, it's all too easy to forget to book them in time, so to get around this problem Ansell Chimneys offer a useful reminder service and will give you a call annually or bi-annually, the choice is yours.
Most people think that chimney sweeping is one of the dirtiest procedures around, but the method Ansell Chimneys use means that very little soot, dust or debris will find its way into your living space. We offer a very clean service so you can keep your Bedmond home clean.
Ansell Chimneys really are the experts, If you are experiencing a lack of draw on a chimney, or smoke finding its way back into your room, give us a call; we are always very happy to provide advice on what could potentially be a life threatening situation.
Ansell Chimneys advice is free of charge. If you can't use your fire because it's dangerous, you will be missing out on the homely glow a real fire brings during the winter months. So why not give us a call and get that open fire up and running again.
Our prices are based on the property location and number of chimneys that need sweeping. Please contact us for a no obligation quote. As Bedmond is not far from our head office, jobs here will not attract a higher quote.
One of the first signs that an animal is making a home, or has previously made one in your chimney is that there will be twigs, leaves or other debris in the fireplace that has fallen from above. The most frequent culprits that like to set up residence in your chimneys tend to be some of the carrion birds, such as crows and magpies and occasionaly squirrels. There are plenty of these creatures around Bedmond and as the town expands, their natural habitat is decreased. This simply means they will look for an alternative place to roost or nest, as the number of trees diminishes.
Any obstruction in a chimney can be potentially lethal! It's not just the solid fuel fires that are a problem either, even a gas fire will release carbon monoxide back into the living space if it can't escape safely up the chimney. When it comes to a fire that burns solid fuels, the chimney can become blocked resulting in smoke coming back into the room or a chimney fire could start, causing a huge amount of expensive damage to the rest of your home.
If you think there is a blockage in your chimney, don't wait for something bad to happen, give us a call immediately. We will remove the blockage and in doing so, be in a better position to tell you why it happened in the first place. For example, there may be a loose or dislodged brick or piece of mortar. It may even be a nest from a bird or squirrel and a bird cap or cowl may well be the answer to prevent it happening again in the future.
Because birds eggs and nests are protected by law in England and Wales and that there may be hatched baby birds in a nest, we will not remove nests during the breeding season, which is May & June, this ensures that the young have had a good chance to leave the nest. After all, there are fewer birds around Bedmond already because of loss of habitat, light pollution and the increase in the number of cats that are kept as pets. Ansell Chimneys like to ensure that we don't contribute to the decline of our little feathered friends.
Should your chimney require a cap or cowl, Ansell Chimneys will have the one to suit your property to protect against the following:
It is vital to fit the correct type of bird cage, cowl or cap, or problems may occur. 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 Bedmond area.
Ansell Chimneys fit all the major types of cages, caps and cowls, so let us know what you want to keep out of your chimney and we can tell you what would be the best option for you.
Ansell Chimneys have a selection of cowls in our vans to demonstrate what they look like and what they are most effective at keeping out of the chimney. We will then arrange to come back to Bedmond to install the correct cap or cowl to your chimney.
Fitting the caps and cowls is a relatively straightforward job and we do everything we can to avoid the need for scaffolding or other specialised access equipment, a ladder will usually be sufficient.
Fortunately, Bedmond 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.
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 Bedmond and need your chimney swept, why not call or email Ansell Chimneys and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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