The classic beauty of our Edwardian blend clay roof tiles can be achieved at much less than you would imagine.
One would normally expect to pay a premium for a hand formed clay roof tile of this quality, but we are able to offer our Edwardian blend clay roof tiles at a very competitive price.
Edwardian architecture is a Neo-Baroque architectural style that was popular in the British Empire during the Edwardian era 1901 to 1910. Architecture up to the year 1914 may also be included in this style.
Edwardian architecture is generally less ornate than high or late Victorian architecture, apart from a subset used for major buildings known as Edwardian Baroque architecture.
The Victorian Society campaigns to preserve architecture built between 1837 and 1914, and so includes Edwardian as well as Victorian architecture within its remit.
The characteristic features of the Edwardian Baroque style were drawn from two main sources: the architecture of France during the 18th century and that of Sir Christopher Wren in England during the 17th part of the English Baroque and it is for this reason that Edwardian Baroque is sometimes referred to as "Wrenaissance". Sir Edwin Lutyens was a major exponent, designing many commercial buildings in what he termed the Grand Style during the later 1910s and 1920s. This period of British architectural history is considered a particularly retrospective one, since it is contemporary with Art Nouveau.
Typical details of Edwardian Baroque architecture include extensive rustication, usually more extreme at ground level, often running into and exaggerating the voussoirs of arched openings; domed corner rooftop pavilions and a central taller tower like element creating a lively rooftop silhouette; revived Italian Baroque elements such as exaggerated keystones, segmental arched pediments, columns with engaged blocks, attached block like rustication to window surrounds; colonnades of columns in the Ionic order and domed towers modelled closely on Wrens for the Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Some Edwardian Baroque buildings include details from other sources, such as the Dutch gables of Norman Shaws Piccadilly Hotel in London.
The Edwardian blend of clay roof tiles will offer your home a classic elegance that will never go out of style. The natural weathered look of these tiles is just one of the reasons they are held in such high regard.
London has a vast array of period properties that often look out of place if modern roof tiles are used. At Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd, we understand the need to maintain our capital cities heritage and supply a wonderful range of clay roof tiles that are sympathetic to the age of the London properties in question.
There is some evidence that King John first started keeping wild animals at the London Tower in 1166. Animals were often gifted to the ruling monarch from this time.
The Royal Menagerie is frequently referenced during the reign of Henry III. Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II presented Henry with three leopards, in around 1235, which were kept in the London Tower. In 1252, the sheriffs were ordered to pay fourpence a day towards the upkeep of the Kings polar bear, a gift from Haakon IV of Norway. The bear attracted a lot of attention from London residents when it went fishing in the Thames while tied to the land by a chain.
Later, Henry III received an African elephant from Louis IX of France. A wooden structure was built to house the elephant. The animal died in 1258, possibly because it was given red wine, but also perhaps because of the cold climate of England.
In 1288, Edward I added a lion and a lynx and appointed the first official Keeper of the animals. Edward III added other types of animals, two lions, a leopard and two wildcats. Under future kings, the number of animals grew to include additional cats of various types, jackals, hyenas, and an old brown bear, Max, gifted to Henry VIII by Emperor Maximilian. In 1436, during the time of Henry VI, all the lions died and the employment of Keeper William Kerby was terminated.
Historical records indicate that a semi circular structure or barbican was built by Edward I in 1277; this area was later named the Lion Tower, to the immediate west of the Middle Tower. Records from 1335 indicate the purchase of a lock and key for the lions and leopards, also suggesting they were located near the western entrance of the Tower. By the 1500s that area was called the Menagerie. By 1604 the Menagerie was being refurbished and an exercise yard was created in the moat area beside the Lion Tower. An overhead platform was added for viewing of the lions by the royals, during lion baiting.
By the 18th century, the menagerie was open to the public; admission cost three half pence or the supply of a cat or dog to be fed to the lions. By the end of the century, that had increased to 9 pence. The last of the animals left the Tower of London in 1835 and were relocated to Regents Park.
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