The last thing you will be thinking of when considering what high quality roof tiles to have fitted to your property will be bats!
After all, how often do we see them? Out of sight is out of mind after all. However, this is the very reason to consider these furry little creatures, their numbers have been declining for many years due to various reasons such as pesticide use and habitat reduction and that is why we rarely see them.
By incorporating bat tiles into your property, you will be offering a little haven for these important little creatures. High quality roof tiles with bat tiles will help save some of our bats from disapearing altogether.
Different species of bats prefer different places to roost. The two most usually found species of bat in the United Kingdom are the Pipistrelle and Brown Long Eared Bat. Pipistrelle prefer confined spaces such as under tiles on roofs and hanging spaces. The Brown Long Eared Bat prefer roof timbers and ridges inside lofts. Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd can provide purpose made access points within your roof tiles or ridge tiles. The Bat Tile Set can form part of a mitigation package required by law for existing roosts or as potential access where a roost had not previously been present.
Although the two species of bat mentioned above are most common in the United Kingdom, there are several others but these are often extremely rare. So when you come to having new tiles fitted or repaired, please spare a thought for the bat colonies. They really don't care if you have high quality roof tiles or not, they just want somewhere to roost safely.
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.
So for the best clay roof tiles money can buy, contact us at Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd. We can satisfy all your roofing requirements for your London building projects.
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