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.
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The tradition of housing the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London probably dates from the reign of Henry III in 1216. The Jewel House was built specifically to house the royal regalia, including jewels, plate, and symbols of royalty such as the crown, sceptre, and sword. When money needed to be raised, the treasure could be pawned by the monarch. The treasure allowed the monarch independence from the aristocracy, and consequently was closely guarded. A new position for keeper of the jewels, armouries and other things was created, which was very well paid; in the reign of Edward III, the holder was paid 12d a day, a considerable sum in those days. The position grew to include other duties including purchasing royal jewels, gold, and silver, and appointing royal goldsmiths and jewellers.
In 1649, during the English Civil War, the contents of the Jewel House were disposed of along with other royal properties, as decreed by Oliver Cromwell. Metal items were sent to the Mint to be melted down and the crowns were broken up too.
When the monarchy was restored in 1660, the only surviving items of the coronation regalia were a 12th century spoon and three ceremonial swords. With a few pieces that had been sold, later being returned to the Crown.
In 1669, the Jewel House was demolished and the Crown Jewels moved into Martin Tower. They were displayed here for viewing by the paying public. This was exploited two years later when Colonel Thomas Blood attempted to steal them. Blood and his accomplices bound and gagged the Jewel House keeper. Although they laid their hands on the Imperial State Crown, Sceptre and Orb, their attempts were scuppered when the keepers son turned up unexpectedly and raised the alarm.
Since 1994, the Crown Jewels have been on display in the Jewel House in the Waterloo Block. Some of the pieces are used regularly by the Queen. The display includes 23,578 gemstones, the 800 year-old Coronation Spoon, St. Edwards Crown, that is worn during all crownings at Westminster Abbey and the Imperial State Crown.
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