The production of Dutch handmade clay tiles started in the 14th century when the use of fireproof building materials was demanded by the government of the day. At that time houses were made of wood and had straw roofing, putting entire cities at risk to destruction by fire.
Many small roof tile makers set up production near rivers where both clay and transportation were available and began to produce handmade clay tiles by hand using wooden moulds to satisfy the newly created demand for quality handmade clay tiles. The area near the cities of Alphen aan den Rijn, Belfeld, Coutrai, Deest, Echt, Tegelen, Utrecht and Woerden were very popular for these tiles.
The handmade clay tiles were dried in special cabinets where wind driven air was directed to and around the tiles. After the tiles had dried, they were fired in an outdoor kiln. There was no control of kiln temperatures in those days, leading to inconsistent dimensions and colouring. Most of these small early factories closed down or merged with others in order to survive.
S-shaped pantiles were one of the first tile models put into large scale production, starting in the 14th to the 15th century, evolving into one of the most used tiles in the world, a style of handmade clay tile that is still in great demand today. The shape, size and smooth curve is unique on every roof.
During the industrial revolution the Boom, Belgium region was the main source for handmade and extruded pantile clay tiles.
The term'classic' evokes the image of something worth owning. The definition of the word is something that has been judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.
The Classic range of plain tiles is one of the finest ranges of clay tiles available from us. Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd source only the very best raw materials for our craftsmen to create beautifully hand formed clay tiles of the highest quality and durability.
Our classic range of clay roof tiles are suitable for all new build and renovation projects, this wonderful plain tile range offers a variety of design options bringing huge versatility and abundant character to all types of tiled roofs.
During the Plantagenet period, St. Albans Abbey in Hertfordshire was the initial drafting place of what was to become the Magna Carta. And in the later Wars of the Roses, St. Albans staged two major battles between the Lancastrians and the Yorkists.
In Tudor times, Hatfield House in Hertfordshire was often frequented and eventually lived in by Mary 1st and her half sister Princess Elizabeth who would later become Queen Elizabeth I.
Stuart kings such as James VI and VI of Scotland and England used the Hertfordshire property as a hunting lodge, and Charles II facilitated the construction of the New River running from Hertfordshire as a supply of drinking water into London.
The first shooting down of a zeppelin over Great Britain during World War One happened in Cuffley Hertfordshire.
So for that classic look of a traditionally hand made clay roof tile for your Hertfordshire property, give Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd a call and speak to one of their professional sales staff.
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