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Handmade Clay Tiles in Essex

Handmade Clay Tiles

Very similar to roof tiling, tiling has been used to provide a protective weather envelope to the sides of timber frame buildings. These are hung on laths nailed to wall timbers, with tiles specially molded to cover corners and jambs.

Often these tiles are shaped at the exposed end to give a decorative effect, or lead flashings are used to achieve a decorative effect. Another form of this is the mathematical tile, which was hung on laths, nailed and then grouted. This form of tiling gives an imitation of brickwork and was developed to give the appearance of brick, but avoided the brick taxes that were introduced in the 18th century.

Tilehanging with handmade clay tiles

Tilehanging or vertical tiling is the construction of a building with handmade clay tiles being hung vertically on the sides of the building. It is a popular style used in architecture in Britain.

You will frequently see this method of tiling where homes have bay windows. Often a very similar colour or style of handmade clay tiles is used on the vertical areas beneath the windows as are used on the roof.

Many properties built in the Garden Cities of Letchworth and Welwyn Garden City in the county of Hertfordshire have employed this method of hanging handmade clay tiles to the bay window units.

A little information about Essex

Essex is a lovely county to live and work in. Essex is situated in the southeast part of England, a little northeast of London. Essex is one of the home counties and borders with Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the River Thames to the south, and London to the southwest. The county town of Essex is Chelmsford, which is actually the only city in the county.

Gorgeous clay roof tiles in Essex from Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd

When you require only the best in clay roof tiles, Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd really are the company to call. We have a massive range of clay roof tiles from stock to hand made varieties. In short, we have the perfect roof tile or fitting for any style of property, no matter what the age.

A little history about Essex

The Roman period in Essex

The Roman invasion of AD 43 began with a landing on the south coast, probably in the Richborough area of Kent. After some initial successes against the Britons, they paused to await reinforcements, and the arrival of the Emperor Claudius. The combined army then proceeded to the capital of the Catevellauni-Trinovantes at Colchester in Essex, and took it with relative ease.

Claudius held a review of his invasion force on Lexden Heath where the army formally proclaimed him Imperator. The invasion force that assembled before him included four legions, mounted auxiliaries and an elephant corps, in total, a force of around 30,000 men. At Colchester in Essex, the kings of eleven British tribes surrendered to the Roman Emperor.

Colchester in Essex became a Roman Colonia, with the official name Colonia Claudia Victricensis, which translates as the City of the Claudius Victory. It was initially the most important city in Roman Britain and in it they established a temple to the God Emperor Claudius. This was the largest building of its kind in Roman Britain.

The establishment of the Colonia is thought to have involved extensive appropriation of land from the Essex people, this and other grievances led to the Trinovantes joining their northern neighbours, the Iceni, in the Boudiccan revolt. The rebels entered the city, and after a Roman last stand at the temple of Claudius, methodically destroyed it, massacring many thousands. A significant Roman force attempting to relieve Colchester was destroyed in a pitched battle, known as the Massacre of the Ninth Legion.

The rebels then proceeded to sack London and St Albans, with Tacitus estimating that 70-80,000 people killed in the destruction of the three cities. Boudicca was defeated in battle, somewhere in the west midlands, and the Romans are likely to have ravaged the lands of the rebel tribes, so Essex will have suffered a great deal.

Despite this, the Trinovantes identity persisted. Roman provinces were divided into civitas for local government purposes, with a civitas for the Trinovantes strongly implied by Ptolemy. The late Roman period, and the period shortly after, was the setting for the King Cole legends based around Colchester.

So if you live in or around the Essex area, give Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd a call for the very best in clay roof tiles on the market.

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