Great news! James the Chimney Sweep is available to work in the Southborough, Kent, TN4 area, remember I can help you with any of the following:
- Chimney swept & vacuumed and certificates issued
- Wood burning stoves and multi fuel stoves
- Jetmaster fires
- Aga flues
- Birds nests removed
- Complete safety inspections
- Chimney pots, cowls and bird guards
- FREE advice on chimney liners
- Colour CCTV chimney surveys
- Electric power sweeping
- HETAS reg engineer
If you have any queries about chimney sweeping, or a related matter, I’d love to hear from you. Pick up the phone, email, text – whatever suits you and contact me TODAY!
You will find my rates fair and competitive. I like to be paid for the work I do, and no more than that!
Standard sweep for woodburning stoves and open fires: £60 [Price includes a full sweep, smoke test and issuing a certificate approved by the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps].
- Bird’s nest removal: £100 per first hour and thereafter £60 per hour if the job is complex. *Please note the bird’s nest is left with the customer for disposal.
Notes: Big discounts apply for booking multiple sweeps in the same location. Clean, fresh dust sheets are used on every sweep.
Did you know? James the Sweep is a registered member of the respected Guild of Master Sweeps.
Southborough is a beautiful Kentish town with a hospitable community, set within the High Weald of Outstanding Natural Beauty. James the Sweep, Master Sweep of Soutborough, is a frequent visitor because Southborough is not far from Royal Tunbridge Wells. James has swept chimneys in Southborough for many, many years. He considers it a privilege to be the local master sweep. Residents love living in Southborough and there are lots of leisurely activities to keep locals interested. Cricket retains a special place in the hearts of residents – in fact, the sport has been played in Southborough for 200 years. Cricket balls were manufactured in Southborough in 1853 and gained a wider recognition for professional standards. Iron has been another trade in the town, boosting local employment.
Southborough Common, owned by Southborough Town Council, is a 71-acre site in the heart of the town. It has been part ofthe Manorial Holding since it began and the historicity of the site was re-emphasised in an appraisal by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in 2003. The Common had originally included an extra 30 acres, which were closed off sometime between 1790 and 1810. Cricket has been played at the site for at least 200 years. Another interest in Southborough, which began more recently, is the twinning link with Lambersart in the Nord department of northern France, originally agreed on October 18 1992. Southborough and Lambersart maintain friendship ties with mutual ties and exchange visits for the purposes of culture and education. Lambersart Close in Southborough’s Barnetts Wood housing estate is named after the French town. Southborough also has close ties with Kaniv in Ukraine and the Southborough and Kaniv Association was founded in 2005.
Southborough used to be part of the urban mix in Tonbridge but there was a separation in 1871 because Southborough cresated an independent board of health. A council authority was also established and became an urban district. This authority converted to civil parish status in 1974 but Southborough also had its own town council. In the current day, Southborough had 18 councillors as a local authority from three wards: North, Wrst and East-High Brooms. There is a mayor and deputy mayor as well. Southborough has a strong connection to Tunbridge Wells borough, due to the location just north of T Wells. There’s also great connections with nearby areas, Bidborough and Speldhurst, as well as Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.
The story of the Royal Victoria Hall Theatre in Southborough is an ongoing narrative. The hall was built in 1900, to honour Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. At the time, it was the first municipal theatre in Britain but wasn’t listed due to alterations made in the 1970s period. The building was marked down for demolition, according to an announcement made after a performance of Peter Pan in 2015, but there have been recent plans to create a Southborough Hub in its place, with room for dramatic performances as well as other facilities such as a GP surgery, and a cafe as well. Whatever the outcome, Southborough residents are rightly proud of where they live and there is an active interest in the local community, to keep arts and culture alive.
There’s a lovely balance of busyness and space in Southborough. Road names are rather intriguing what with Doric Avenue, Garlinge Road, Draper Street and Fernhurst Crescent alongside the most stoutly named Castle Street, Sheffield Road, Park Road and Vicarage Road. The London Road A26 runs through Southborough, turning a corner at Southfields Park and then venturing beyond Pennington Grounds and Southborough Common, before veering east past Bidborough and heading straight up to Tonbridge. Victoria Road is a longer stretch, just outside the urban layout, ending in Gainsbury, parallel to Holden Road. Pennington Road heads east in the other direction, also a long route, coming to a stop not far from Ivy House Farm. Constitutional Hill Road is another unusually named street, coming off from the half-circular Church Road.
Iron was a main commodity for trade in Southborough for many years. Two furnaces, using water as a power source, were based in the town’s two streams for the purposes of proceessing the product. One of these was at Southborough Borne and the other at Modest Corner. The furnaces were first set up in the 16th century and carried on until the 18th century when trade petered out. Manufacturing in the form of gunpower then took over in 1771 and a cornmill was also put on the site, until it stopped working in 1942. These industries gave residents employment in Southborough but other trades included textiles, agriculture, and cottage industries such as blacksmithing and the making of harnesses.
Southborough was once called the ‘chief abode of the visitors of [Tunbridge Wells]’. The comment was made by John Marius Wilson in the informative tome, ‘Imperial Gazetter of the England and Wales’, in 1870. He described Southborough as being a village ‘and a chapelry’, which was ‘constituted’ in 1831 within the parish of Tunbridge in Kent, as well as having a post office. There was a population of 2,038 with 424 houses. Properties were subdivided into areas such as Broom Hill, Bounds Park, and Bentham Hill. The local church had five trustees and there was a smaller church constructed in 1861, as well as Wesleyan chapel, and school and a library.
James the Sweep is known by residents as the Master Sweep of Southborough. That means he is considered to be the premier sweep in the area, based on his experience (20 years), customers’ recommendation and his membership of the Guild of Master Sweeps and other trade bodies such as HETAS. James has earned his highly regarded reputation by tenacious, hard work: showing sheer professionalism and reliability. From the moment he knocks on a door to sweep a chimney in Southborough, to the moment he leaves (with no soot or mess behind), James offers an A to Z service, which meets the highest of industry standards. That’s why residents in Southborough call on him to sweep chimneys. He always gets the job done well.
Pennington Grounds is a beautiful recreation ground, popular with families, which is located off Pennington Road and London Road. It’s an ideal pleasure spot for people to gather and take some time off, using the splendid free facilities. That includes a children’s play area encompassing tennis, basketball and volleyball, a climbing net, crazy golf, and table tennis outdoors. A gym set-up is also free to use, and also outdoors, which is available from 8am to dusk each day.
Looking for a chimney sweep in Southborough? James the Sweep is available in Southborough and surrounding area.
-James The Chimney Sweep