Conservation and heritage day at Dreadnought Tiles and Ketley Brick on Wednesday 13th March 2019
Dreadnought and Ketley are opening their doors on 13th March 2019 to Conservation and Heritage professionals to come and explore the history of authentic Staffordshire building products at our Works which have been operating on the same site since 1805.
For restoration projects, the aim is often to replace like with like. However clever marketing departments can make this process difficult seducing us with bricks and tiles that sound right for the job in name but aren't necessarily an authentic traditional product. Nowadays for example, brindle tiles do not always refer to Staffordshire tiles in natural multi colours derived from the kiln atmosphere but can now mean a tile coloured by the modern method of spraying the surface with chemical additives. Unlike most other clay tile manufacturers, Dreadnought have protected their traditional firing techniques and expertise which they have developed over 200 years and at the same time invested in the very latest technology so that they meet the most stringent environmental and quality standards.
We no longer use horses, but come and see how individuals like Harry Bradley, pictured above with the "Alf legged un" (so called because of his white sock) played a part in our history.
Our methods for making bespoke specials for both bricks and tiles are skills that have been passed down through the skilled craftsmen from generation to generation. Come and see how we do it and even give it a go yourself!
Both Ketley Bricks and Dreadnought Tiles were used to refurbish Walthamstow Wetlands in London recently and the project has received a number of Awards including a prestigious Brick Award for Best Refurbishment. The judges said the the project "dignifies and respects the industrial heritage of the site and transforms its extraordinary setting". It is the authenticity of both Dreadnought and Ketley's products that made them the right choice for this project.