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.
After the Battle of Hastings, the Norman army advanced through Kent into Surrey, where they defeated an English force which attacked them at Southwark and then burned that suburb. Rather than try to attack London across the river, the Normans continued west through Surrey, crossed the Thames at Wallingford in Berkshire and descended on London from the north-west. As was the case across England, the native ruling class of Surrey was virtually eliminated by Norman seizure of land. Only one significant English landowner, the brother of the last English Abbot of Chertsey, remained by the time the Domesday survey was conducted in 1086. At that time the largest landholding in Surrey, as in many other parts of the country, was the expanded royal estate, while the next largest holding belonged to Richard fitz Gilbert, founder of the de Clare family.
In 1088, King William II granted William de Warenne the title of Earl of Surrey as a reward for Warennes loyalty during the rebellion that followed the death of William I. When the male line of the Warennes became extinct in the 14th century, the earldom was inherited by the Fitzalan Earls of Arundel. The Fitzalan line of Earls of Surrey died out in 1415, but after other short lived revivals in the 15th century the title was conferred in 1483 on the Howard family, who still hold it. However, Surrey was not a major focus of any of these families interests.
Guildford Castle, one of many fortresses originally established by the Normans to help them subdue the country, was rebuilt in stone and developed as a royal palace in the 12th century. Farnham Castle was built during the 12th century as a residence for the Bishop of Winchester, while other stone castles were constructed in the same period at Bletchingley by the de Clares and at Reigate by the Warennes.
During King Johns struggle with the barons, Magna Carta was issued in June 1215 at Runnymede near Egham. Johns efforts to reverse this concession reignited the war, and in 1216 the barons invited Prince Louis of France to take the throne. Having landed in Kent and been welcomed in London, he advanced across Surrey to attack John, then at Winchester, occupying Reigate and Guildford castles along the way.
Guildford Castle later became one of the favourite residences of King Henry III, who considerably expanded the palace there. During the baronial revolt against Henry, in 1264 the rebel army of Simon de Montfort passed southwards through Surrey on their way to the Battle of Lewes in Sussex. Although the rebels were victorious, soon after the battle royal forces captured and destroyed Bletchingley Castle, whose owner Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Hertford and Gloucester, was de Montforts most powerful ally.
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