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The best ways to decorate your staircase for Christmas

The best ways to decorate your staircase for Christmas

After a year ruined by COVID-19, Christmas is sure to provide some light relief, right? One less stress you can count on is the busy shops full of Christmas shoppers that have left it to the last minute! With more of an emphasis than ever on staying indoors, it may be wise to think about different ways you can decorate your home in preparation for the big day.

So, as the staircase experts at Abbott-Wade, we thought we would give you some inspiration when it comes to decorating your glass or wooden staircase so you know where to start when it comes to kitting it out in the very best in festive decorations.

Decorating the handrail

One way of effectively decorating your staircase for Christmas is to hang cute decorations over the handrails, to help your staircase become firmly part of the festive fun this year. You will be reminded of the happy Christmas experience every time you walk up and down them, and who wouldn’t want that? You can also intertwine garland and LED lights around the handrail to help them stand out amongst the Christmas colour that already exists in your home.

For many, the staircase is at the centre of all goings on in the household, so giving it a pop of light will only enhance its position as the stand out attraction in the home.

Decorating the spindles

Take advantage of the structure of your spindles when decorating your staircase ready for Christmas, as there are some clever ways in which you can utilise them to give your home a pure festive feel. Spindles in a wooden staircase design are a popular choice to hang decorative stockings from to emphasise the feeling of giving and receiving at this time of year. We recommend that you don’t fill these stockings with any heavy items, as the strain placed on the spindles can result in long-lasting damage that outlasts the Christmas period!

Staircase spindles are also a great place to hang a wreath if you want to avoid the dominance of greenery that a garland achieves, a wreath here can still give you the Christmas vibes that you are looking for without overwhelming the look of your staircase, allowing its natural beauty to shine through.

What about glass staircases?

If you own a glass staircase and don’t have spindles, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you! Although you won’t be able to hang decorations from your glass balustrade as easy as you would with spindles, there are still some great ways that you can kit out your staircase ready for the festive season.

Use the glass to your advantage and stick some Christmas drawings or crafts from your young ones to impress visitors and to get the whole family involved during this time of love and affection for those closest to you. Utilise cotton to make a winter wonderland running up your stairs that can easily be placed over your balustrade. Make sure that you use some winter animals to add to the festive feelings throughout the home. Polar bears, reindeers or even Santa himself could make an appearance, the choice is yours!

Contact us

Christmas is almost upon us, and if you would like a staircase renovation in time for the new year, then be sure to get in touch with the expert team at Abbott-Wade today. We can arrange a video call consultation to talk through your requirements, as we look to adapt to the current COVID-19 guidelines.

If you would like to contact us directly, make sure you give us a call on 01744 634 422 or fill out our online form. We will respond as soon as we can to any enquiries you may have.

Why we still can’t get enough of staircases

Why we still can’t get enough of staircases

In the last 20-30 years, the world has changed so much to a point where it has become unrecognisable from where it was in the 1980s-90s. Nowadays, we don’t even have to enter our bank pin number anymore, and can talk to our home to turn off the lights or TV with ease. So you’d think with this level of convenience already at our fingertips, we’d have all resorted to standing or sitting on a platform instead of actually climbing stairs using our legs, right?

Wrong. The invention of elevators has been a great way of elevating those who have mobility problems in a safe manner, but a glorious staircase still has a special place in our heart.

Here at Abbott-Wade, we decided to try and figure out why…

If it ain’t broke…

Staircases have been around for literally thousands of years, so what is the point of going through the hassle of fundamentally changing them now? Of course, elevators have become a revolutionary invention for both convenience and to assist those that struggle with mobility, but a staircase has always been a viable option of getting from A to B.

The sheer heritage of the staircase should prove to be the perfect reason as to why they have been around for so long, are the option of the present and are sure to stay with us in the future.

A simple option

When you think about staircases in their most basic form, they are just steps that are built to lead you to an elevated destination. That’s it. No frills, no mechanisms, no moving parts. This is why they were designed in 470-480BC; do you think they had stairlifts back then?

The simplicity of staircases means that they can be implemented anywhere, and used by almost anyone, and, let’s face it, why should we delve into anything too complicated when we have something so simple right in front of us?

Customise them as you wish

The function of a staircase may be a fairly simple (and essential) one, but this shouldn’t stop you from stamping your creative inspiration on this piece of furniture. Of course, in some settings, it may make more sense to opt for a plain concrete wall surrounding your stairs in less glamorous areas. But, if you are afforded the luxury of customisation, then why not use it to your advantage.

Be sure to browse through our wide variety of staircase designs for homes amongst other facilities to find a type of staircase that perfectly suits your vision.

All shapes and sizes

One of the main features of a staircase that maintains its vital function in today’s society is its versatility. How many times have you walked up a small staircase to reach someone’s front door? Or a winding staircase that has got you to where you need to be? Staircases are a great way of saving space, with their existing design likely to have this in mind. So any staircase remodels that are performed nowadays usually consider this and use it to their advantage.

If you have an awkward space that would benefit from a bespoke staircase, then Abbott-Wade is on hand to help with our wealth of experience and expertise in the area.

Get in touch

Has this blog post reignited your love of staircases? Do you have the motivation to give your wooden staircase a new lease of life? If so, we would love to hear from you at Abbott-Wade.

To contact one of our team today, give us a call on 01744 634 442 or fill out our online enquiry form for an informed response.

Why balustrades are so important for a staircase

Ok, so when you picture a staircase – either in your home or office building, we are sure it will have a balustrade (or two!). These are often a fixture in staircases that have one side or both, that is not supported by a wall. It’s easy to get creative with balustrades and, as a result, many property owners look to incorporate them into the design of the building as a whole!

So, whether you have a traditional staircase or one that is more contemporary, let us tell you why a balustrade is a crucial component you may need to think about…

What is a balustrade?

A balustrade system provides a safety barrier and also gives you a handrail to grasp so you can keep your balance when ascending or descending a flight of stairs.

The actual balustrade is the name that is given to the “legs” that supports the handrail, usually, equal distance apart and in a row. This provides a barrier between the staircase and the floor below, which could potentially be a long way down! They have to be sturdy to survive any impact that is put on them, whilst also making sure that the handrails are held securely.

It is important to measure your balustrade correctly, so you know exactly what length is needed to provide a snug fit between the handrail and beam. A balustrade that is too long will not fit, and one that is too short will prove a serious safety risk for your stairs and could see it fail to meet building regulations.

Do all staircases need a balustrade?

Most staircases are built against a wall, and will therefore need one balustrade for safety reasons, on the side that isn’t supported by the wall itself. As this is usually facing the rest of the floor, many decide to make the balustrades look as stylish as possible and choose a design that will fit in with the rest of their home.

However, it is worth noting, that some staircases may need no balustrade system at all, but this is normally seen in long staircases in commercial or industrial buildings. Have you ever walked up a never-ending flight of stairs in a car park or hotel if the lift isn’t working? There will be no balustrades here, they are usually built into the concrete around them.

Types of balustrade

To fit with the finish of your staircase, you may want to think about what kind of balustrade would suit you best. For example, do you opt for an oak balustrade that you can paint to complement your painted staircase? Or would you like a creative pattern to perfectly pair your steel staircase? Whatever your preference, we are sure there is a balustrade for you!

Contact us

Do you feel like you could benefit from a new balustrade? Or are you looking for a whole new staircase all together as part of a staircase renovation? If you are inquisitive about what a new staircase may have to offer, then the experts at Abbott-Wade can help today!

To get in touch with one of our team, give us a call on 01744 634 442 and we will gladly listen to your enquiry, or request a brochure to find out more about the service we provide.

You can also fill out our online form with any detailed questions you have, and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

What kind of stair handrails are there

What kind of stair handrails are there?

Handrails are a crucial part of a staircase. A staircase that is without a handrail is deemed highly unsafe for use, and quite simply will not function as it should. Now, we know you might be deep in the process of looking at a new staircase for your home, but have you considered your handrails yet? If not, now may be a perfect time, so you can become familiar with all the different kinds of handrails out there, there is quite a lot you know!

So let’s take a look at some of the different kinds of stair handrail you can implement into your home, shall we?

Handrail materials

Handrails can benefit from a variety of finishes, which are usually the same materials that the bulk of your staircase are built around. Wood or metal handrails are popular, and almost always complement the main material of your staircase. This allows for a consistent theme to be had throughout the design.

Whatever material you decide on, you can rest assured it will be durable and made to last. It is likely that your handrails will be gripped every time someone takes the stairs, to go up or down, so they will need to withstand the force that is placed upon them. There is no outright material that is more durable than the other, so whether you choose an oak staircase or any other material, you should do so based on how it looks as opposed to how sturdy it is.

Handrail styles

There are many styles of handrails and are usually the way designers insert a little creativity into a staircase. Most people tend to opt for a standard pattern on their treads, and then switch up the design on their handrail. This could be a quirky shape or design at the base of the staircase or curvature of the handrail that follows the incline of the stairs themselves.

The choice is entirely yours, whether you are looking at building a new staircase from scratch or are looking for a staircase renovation. You could look towards a straight handrail, a curved one, or even a design that incorporates the two!

Types of handrail

Now that you’ve decided on how you want your handrail to look, now is the time to decide if you would like a wall-mounted handrail or not. These are arguably the safer option, especially if you have young children, as these will always be in easy reach. However, it is worth noting that this extra handrail will cost more.

The wall-mounted handrail has increased in popularity over the years and can easily be integrated into the design of your home, and indeed your staircase! Whether you are looking for a natural wooden look, or a clean metal handrail to go with your steel staircase, a wall-mounted handrail will have you covered! The chosen material or colour can complement or contrast with the ball behind it seamlessly, leading to it becoming just as much as an aesthetic option than a practical one!

Contact us

The staircase experts at Abbott-Wade are on hand to answer any questions or enquiries you have as soon as possible. We have nearly 25 years of experience in the business, specialising in bespoke staircases and have won multiple national awards.

If you would like to get in touch with one of the team, then you can contact us today. Simply give us a call on 01744 634 442 or fill out our online enquiry form and we will try and respond as soon as we can.

All you need to know about spiral staircases

Ahhh the spiral staircase, something we have all thought about implementing into our homes at some point, right?

Normally the next thought that comes into our head is “that might be a bit too out there for me!”, but why not? After all, contemporary, unique staircases are on the rise as more and more people decide to experiment with the look of their home in order to create a living space of their dreams.

If you are still on the fence about installing some of these space saving stairs inside (or outside!) your building, then take a look at this blog post from Abbott-Wade…

The history of a spiral staircase

It is estimated that spiral staircases could have been used as far back as 1000BC, but the earliest remains of one of these structures have been dated back to 480BC in Sicily, Italy. Italy continues to have the oldest standing spiral staircase in the world, which can be found in Rome and was built in 113AD.

Old spiral staircases were built from stone or marble and were usually built up against walls to be able to support the building’s weight. This explains why they are, often, a fixture in any old buildings or landmarks you visit!

Why build a spiral staircase?

If you have ever seen a spiral staircase, or used one before, you will know what a different experience this is from using your standard straight staircase. If you feel like your property would like to move away from the norm, yet still remain as practical as a building should, then a spiral staircase could be perfect for you.

One of the main reasons why a spiral staircase is a popular choice for homeowners these days is due to their smaller footprint. Everyone wants to save space one way or another, especially if you have a smaller home, and this can be easily achieved with a spiral staircase. You are able to use the space freed up by this staircase on other aspects of your home, allowing you to be efficient with the area you have.

Where can spiral staircases be used?

Spiral staircases are quite unique in the sense that they can be used anywhere in the home. We are guessing that you would probably like to install one as the central staircase in your home, where they are more than capable of performing that function whilst still maintaining your home’s modern style and appeal to both members of the households and visitors. However, spiral staircases can also be used as a staircase that leads to a cellar or basement or is the perfect way of reaching a new loft extension.

Spiral staircases don’t have to be used exclusively indoors either. In fact, spiral staircases are very popular in outdoor spaces too. Spiral steel staircases are perfect for fire escape routes from a room upstairs or can be used as outdoor staircases in flats or a barn conversion, the choice is truly yours!

Are spiral staircases safe?

All kinds of staircases are safe, as long as they are installed properly, and this is no different with a spiral staircase from Abbott-Wade. Although they are quite different from the standard straight staircase, they are very easy to get used to, if you take extra care on your first few ascents and descents!

Some extra safety precautions you may want to take are ensuring the staircase has a sturdy handrail and is well maintained by keeping it tidy and ensuring there are no slip or trip hazards present. But these are your standard checks to make sure your staircase is safe for use; common sense prevails on this one!

Contact us at Abbott-Wade

So, are you interested in installing a bespoke staircase like this? If you are, the experts at Abbott-Wade can help! To get in touch with us today, simply give us a call on 01744 634 442 or fill out our online form with any detailed enquiries you may have.

Things to consider when renovating your staircase

If you are deciding on a whole new staircase to become the centrepiece of your home, you are bound to have a million and one staircase ideas running through your head at once. This is understandable, as redeveloping such a vital part of the home can be a very exciting time.

But in times like this, it is important to think with an ounce of conservatism at least. As, if not a staircase expert, your design ideas may be flawed in one way or another. This is where the team at Abbott-Wade can help with our experience and professional knowledge in the area.

To get a head start in the process, here are some things to consider before turning to an expert…

Type of staircase

Would you like one long flight of stairs or a landing in the middle to break things up? This is mostly dependant on the space you have downstairs and how you can successfully make this lead to an upstairs area. Often in smaller houses, we see a straight staircase do the trick, with not much consideration placed on what kind of staircase would suit your home the best. If a windy staircase is one you have always dreamed of, then think about how this could impact the rest of your home, and if it makes sense to install this kind of staircase before you actually implement it.

For advice on which kind of staircase is best for your staircase renovation, then be sure to contact the experts at Abbott-Wade we will be happy to give you the best solution to incorporate your ideal type of staircase to your home or property.

Space efficiency

Having your dream staircase on paper is one thing, but does the space in your building allow it? Often we see people come to us with their design in mind but is not physically feasible due to the constraints on space. With this in mind, we recommend that you give firm consideration to the measurements in your home before thinking of a staircase design too ambitious. This will only leave you disappointed if it cannot be built in just the way that you want it, forcing you to rethink your design anyway.

Safety

One of the main aspects of the staircase should be safety. This is regardless of whether you have renovated a brand new staircase or have had the stairs many years. They can be a very dangerous place, especially if ascended and descended quickly, so incorporating a safety aspect into your design could prevent a lot of accidents in the future!

This should include finer details such as ensuring a safe distance from the ceiling at all times to avoid a nasty bang on the head (especially for someone who is on the taller side!), or gaps between treads to avoid catching your feet in between and encountering a nasty fall.

These are just three considerations you should be making before you go full throttle towards a staircase refurbishment, but there are many more factors that could cross your mind in this time where the ideas are flowing. There are a lot of aspects that are involved in making the perfect staircase for your personal taste, the look you are going for, and your logistical needs, so be sure to map out all of this before you decide on a final staircase design.

Contact us

So, would you like some help from the experts to make your dream staircase a reality? If so, be sure to get in touch with Abbott-Wade with your ideas and we can start planning your ideal staircase together.

To contact us you can give us a call on 01744 634 442 to discuss over the phone or fill out our online enquiry form with any detailed questions you may have. We will respond to you as soon as we can so we can waste no time working on your staircase.

How do I decorate my staircase

How do I decorate my staircase?

It is a well known fact that the staircase is one of the most important parts of the home – if you are in a building with more than one floor of course! This means that in a house, it will be used multiple times daily by all members of the household. This is as well as being one of the first things that guests see if you invite them over. As a result, many homeowners take great pride in the way their staircase looks, with many staircases being used as a way that best represents their modern tastes and styles, on top of their functional use.

If you’re struggling for staircase ideas to make your home personal to you, then fear not, the expert staircase suppliers at Abbott-Wade are on hand to share some of our favourites.

Use wall space to your advantage

How many times do you see stair walls that are left bare? Don’t get us wrong, there are some very smart wallpaper designs or paint shades out there – but why should you let this space go to waste? Many people prefer not to hang anything on stair walls in fear of them being knocked into and therefore falling off.

However, as long as you take care on the stairs, brilliant additions such as picture frames, pieces of art or even shelves as a storage option can really enhance the look of your staircase. You can create some strong contrasts with well chosen shades, giving you the standout look that you are craving with ease.

Creative stair faces

If you are truly looking to make your staircase your own, then why not let your creativity run wild and decorate your stair faces? If you don’t trust your steady hand, you can always ask a professional to do this for you. You could decide to go for a different pattern for every step or something consistent that runs along the whole piece of furniture. Let your imagination run wild and take ownership of your stairs.

A unique staircase design is becoming more and more popular in the modern home, so whether this is something that is busy and colourful or something more understated, it is sure to have the desired effect.

Make it practical

We’re all guilty of leaving coats, hats etc. on the bannister at the bottom of our stairs. Although this is convenient when grabbing items for when you are leaving the house, why not place some hooks on the wall to keep the streamlined look of your staircase, allowing it to be a place that showcases the style of your home, rather than an after thought as a makeshift coat hanger!

This gives your staircase the chance to truly flaunt it’s look without being held back. A fresh staircase design allows the true aesthetic you are trying to achieve to shine through, unopposed by any other potential eyesores!

Contact us

Would you like to talk to one of our experts about how to best execute your staircase design? If so, it is easier than ever to get in touch with the team at Abbott-Wade! Simply give us a call on 01744 634 442 to speak to us directly or fill out our online enquiry form with any detailed questions you may have. Our friendly team will get back to you as soon as possible with a quick and informed response.

Keeping your staircase safe

Ways to keep your staircase safe

There is no denying the importance of a staircase if your building has more than one floor. With most buildings operating this layout, you should ensure that the staircases you walk up and down on a daily basis in a suitable condition to avoid any falls and trips that can potentially cause serious injury.

Although staircases can prove to be a beautiful and stylish link between floors, your top priority should be doing everything in your power to make sure that they are safe for use – giving them a consistent form of visual and physical maintenance will help you prevent accidents in the future.

Take your time during both ascent and descent

One of the main causes of accidents on a staircase is when people trip over a step from rushing either up or down their stairs. Are you wanting to grab that thing you’ve left in your bedroom before you leave the home? Or are you racing back to the living room to catch your favourite show now it’s returned from an ad break? If so, it will be beneficial in taking a little more time in negotiating your staircase to ensure that you don’t trip and fall.

Falling down the stairs will almost certainly cause more delays than if you spend a few more seconds in watching your footing while making your way up or down the stairs. It is better to be safe than sorry, right?

Leave nothing lying around

Staircases can be quite difficult to climb up and walk down at the best of times, even when they are free of any obstacles or debris! However, if you are guilty of leaving items on the stairs (we know there are a few of you out there) then this will prove a major hazard, eliminating some of the space that your staircase provides.

The hazard’s don’t just stop there, if you have a wood staircase, then you will need to keep an eye on any spills that could cause a pretty dangerous slip hazard. This is normally something more important to consider if your steps are not carpeted, as the spill will sit on the surface instead of soaking into it.

Check your lighting

Another way of keeping the area around your staircase safe is by checking whether the lighting in the room is satisfactory. A poorly lit hallway or stairwell could prove costly for people using the staircase on a daily basis. If you are unable to see where the next step is, this can lead to a loss of footing resulting in a trip or fall. If your stairway looks too dark, then it probably is. So be sure to invest in some strong lights that make this area easier to negotiate.

When installing a new staircase, it could be wise to evaluate your lighting, especially if you are changing materials. Wood will reflect the light more which will naturally improve the light source on your stairs but if you have a dark carpet as part of your décor then you might want to check on the standard of your lighting before finishing off your design.

Contact the team at Abbott-Wade

Do you have any questions about keeping your staircase safe after a staircase renovation? If so, be sure to get in touch with the expert staircase manufacturers at Abbott-Wade today! We will happily share our expertise and answer any enquiries you may have. Simply give us a call on 01744 634 442 to contact us directly or fill out our online enquiry form with a detailed question. One of our team will always get back to you as soon as possible!

Wooden staircases

Wooden staircases are still in style!

In more and more modern-day homes, we have seen glass or steel take a much more prominent role in people’s idea of their ideal staircase. But hang on a second, what about wood? Are we forgetting the natural beauty that this material has, adding a wonderful aesthetic to your home? Wooden staircases have been the go-to material in people’s homes for many years, and for good reason.

They can be shaped a lot easier than their counterparts, as well as being a versatile component of a modern staircase. At Abbott-Wade we still receive many requests to install wooden staircases, or staircases with wooden aspects, and here’s why…

Wooden steps

The attraction of wooden steps is something not to be underestimated. If pulled off correctly, they can add a sense of nature and delight to your home – something which we’re sure you have been craving for many years. It can really transform your staircase into a show-stopping attraction, wowing everyone from residents to one-off visitors.

With steps, you need to ensure that they are both sturdy and safe, as they are undoubtedly going to come across some rigorous daily use. Wood is perfect for this, as it is able to stay elevated above the ground with ease, giving you peace of mind.

Wood spindles

Wood spindles have been around for as long as we can remember and are still a popular source of well-crafted design, whilst being a vital safety element for your staircase. Just look at our website to see for yourself!

They show no sign of going out of style yet, with many homes opting for them over a glass or steel balustrade. These timeless designs give your home a traditional feel, which may be your dream look over a contemporary vibe.

Switch up the colour with ease

If you are looking to switch up the colour of your staircase frequently (every couple of years or so) then wood is an excellent choice. This adaptable material allows you to change the colour of your staircase to a lighter or darker shade at will, in keeping with your new vision. A new lick of paint can go a long way towards creating a wooden staircase design you are happy with!

Abbott-Wade have installed many bespoke painted wooden staircases for customers in the past, so for some inspiration be sure to check out our range of wonderful designs on site.

Can be combined with other materials

The versatility of wood doesn’t stop there, as it can be incorporated easily with other materials. There are many ways you can incorporate wood to your stairs. Try combining it with carpet to create a stand out look, or use wood filler to cover the gaps in between treads to form a contrast between a darker carpet and lighter wood, or vice versa. Wood can also be combined with glass and steel, to create the perfect blend between traditional and contemporary design.

Contact us

The team of staircase experts at Abbott-Wade are also on hand to offer their expertise and assistance if you are struggling for inspiration when trying to add wood to your staircase design. To get in touch with us, simply fill out our online enquiry form, or email us at info@abbottwade.co.uk. You can also contact us directly by calling 01744 634 442 for a chat with one of our friendly team.

4 reasons why you should renovate your staircase

4 reasons why you should renovate your staircase

With the country being on lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, now is a better time than ever to consider how your home looks, and if you are truly proud of its appearance and configuration. Wanted that dream staircase for years but have not got round to it? By getting the ground work in place now with the team at Abbott-Wade, we can help you achieve a staircase renovation as soon as lockdown is lifted so you can enjoy your perfect home for years to come.

Updating a tired look

The most popular reason why see for people renovating their staircase is simply that they are in need of a fresh look for their home. If you have a wooden staircase and would like something more contemporary, then we can help you switch it up to a glass staircase or steel staircase.

Switching up your staircase is not uncommon, as interior décor trends are changing all the time. By looking to freshen up the look of your home, you can be firmly on the curve all while guests envy your house’s design.

Making your home more practical

If you have mobility trouble or you feel like your staircase is no longer suitable for the home you are living in, it may be time to renovate your staircase to something more appropriate.

By choosing a staircase refurbishment from Abbott-Wade, we can help you transform your property into something that is much more long lasting and accommodate anyone. We can help create a convenient staircase which is particularly useful if one of the residents has a physical disability, whilst also having the style of a perfectly modern and trendy staircase.

One step closer to your dream home

Saw a look on TV, online or on this very website that you like the look of? Abbott-Wade can help you achieve it with a staircase renovation! With many interior design programs out there these days, it is impossible not to have your head turned by all the amazing staircases on show in people’s homes. And you can have one of these too!

Just simply get in touch with us here at Abbott-Wade and we can discuss how best you can replicate or put your own spin on a staircase that you have saw flaunt it’s features on the big or small screen.

For design purposes

If you are looking to change up the look of your home drastically, you may have to change the appearance of your staircase drastically or replace it entirely. This is also something that Abbott-Wade can help with, as our team of experts can give you the advice and service you need to achieve the home you never thought was possible.

No job is too big for the experienced joiners that we have on our team, with us getting the most satisfaction from helping our customers achieve the interior design that they could only dream of.

Contact us

So, interested in getting started on making a new staircase that you can be proud of? Abbott-Wade are here to help. Simply fill out our online enquiry form with your requirements and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also get in touch with us directly by calling 01744 634 442 or emailing us at info@abbottwade.co.uk.

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