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Staffordshire Red

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Staffordshire Light Multi

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Staffordshire Dark Multi

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Staffordshire Brown Brindle

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Staffordshire Blue

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Dreadnought Quarry Tiles, sometimes known also as paving tiles, are available in a range of natural clay colours and offer similar performance to traditional quarry tiles.  For restoration projects our Quarry Tiles offer a very good match to the discontinued Hawkins and Dennis Ruabon Quarry tiles which can be found in many parts of the UK.  They offer excellent slip resistance and suit most flooring and wall cladding applications indoors or externally, in commercial premises or the home.

18mm thick, they  are manufactured from the proven Etruria Marl clay, which becomes dense when fired, and is hard wearing and resistant to acids, alkalis, oils, grease and fats.  In pendulum tests where anything higher than 36 indicates low slip potential, they score a dry value average of 63 and a wet value average of 55 meaning they have excellent slip resistance in both wet and dry conditions. They can be classified as R11 and Category C which is the highest rating for slip resistance according to BS EN 14411.

Rectangular quarry tiles are available as standard, but square ones (150mm and 100mm) can be made to order.

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Case Studies

NeW Maggie Centre in Manchester

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The newly opened Maggie Centre in Manchester, designed by Foster + Partners features staffordshire blue quarry tiles in a stack bond inside the timber framed building and  staffs blue pavers extend out into the garden.  The pallet of natural materials helps to create a  calm environment  and a light and homely space where people can relax.  The staffs blue paving on the veranda and in the garden blend perfectly with the staffs blue quarry tiles inside the building helping to bring the  theraputic qualities of nature and the outdoors into the building, blurring the distinction between inside and out. 


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Dreadnought Quarry tiles are helping to deliver the renovation of the Barbican podium area which began late 2013.  As a listed building, the requirements were to maintain the general appearance of the paving while freshening the look of the area and delivering good slip resistance.  Over 280,000 quarry tiles in three brindle colours were supplied for the first phase of the restoration. 

Passivhaus in Hampshire

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This low energy family home was designed by Ruth Butler Architects and features a combination of timber and clay quarry tiles both inside and out.  By using quarry tiles throughout, the architect merges the interior with the exterior and she uses a variety of laying patterns to break up the paved area into distinct spaces.  She comments  "We're delighted with the quality of the quarry tiles, they add a rich colour and texture to our home, linking inside and outside in a seamless way.  They are also integral to our vision for a healthy home, with VOC-free finishes and excellent indoor air-quality". 

The Draft House in Milton Keynes

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This new Draft House pub in Milton Keynes uses Staffordshire Red brick sized quarry tiles in a herringbone pattern.  Naomi Doran from Relic Interiors London, who designs the Draft Houses explains, "I love these floor tiles as they give the impression that they are integral to the building, that they have always been there and have just been uncovered.  Unlike a lot of other floor tiles that have perfect regular finishes, these tiles are effectively thin bricks.  Their finish has imperfections and irregularities that can transform an interior and give the space a warmth and character from the moment they are laid.  The variety of colours and sizes available in the range  makes them very versatile and I find that I can achieve a very different look by using a different colour or laying pattern."

Cabinet Gallery Tyer St London

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Trevor Horne Architects worked collaboratively with Charles Asprey and the gallery directors, plus a number of their artists to develop the design for this bespoke gallery space that would give a permanent home to the world renowned Cabinet Gallery.  The result is a 12 sided brick building arranged over 5 floors on the site of a former pub,  at the entrance to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.  Aaron Down at Trevor Horne Architects chose to use authentic clay quarry tiles both inside and outside the gallery as their natural colour complimented the Petersen handmade bricks used for the gallery building.  After looking at  samples, he selected the light multi for its variety of natural tones.  The gallery has been awarded 2017 RIBA London Award.

Sudbury Courtyard

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Sudbury Courtyard is a recently restored range of historic buildings, previously the Estate maintenance yard, now open as retail shopping outlets and a cafe in the heart of Sudbury village.  Using traditional, authentic materials was very important to the developers in order to retain the atmosphere of this beautiful rural Estate set in the Dove Valley of South Derbyshire.  They used both Staffordshire blue and Staffordshire brown brindle quarry tiles and sealed them which has the effect of darkening the tiles.

The Horseshoe Pub in Hampstead

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This gastro pub recently underwent a major renovation by DG Professional Interiors and a new quarry tile floor was a key component of the new interior design.   Rectangular staffordshire blue quarry tiles  (in the brick size) have been laid in a herringbone pattern with a light coloured mortar.

West London Novotel

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The paving outside the main reception at West London's Novotel has recently been renovated using 40,500  light multi quarry tiles.  AT Knotts paving contractors carried out the work, using Steintec to bed them in.

Imperial Pub in Chelsea

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The Imperial is a local Chelsea icon; built in 1870 in the style of a grand villa, it has been a social meeting place on the King’s Road for nearly 150 years. Situated in a conservation area, this historically significant building has recently undergone interior renovations which were designed by Henri Chebaane at Blue Sky Hospitality.  The new look successfully blends Victorian industrial heritage with contemporary chic using Staffordshire blue quarry tiles and brick slips on the wall of the bar.


Quarry Tile Fittings

These products shown here match our rectangular quarry tiles 102mm x 215mm.  Similar products are available to match our squares 100mm x 100mm and 150mm x 150mm.  Please for further details.

Bullnose Stretcher

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Bullnose Header

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Bullnose Return

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Ribbed Nosing

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Place of Manufacture: Brierley Hill, UK
Environmental Management: 14001        Download Certificate >>
Quality Management : 9001                    Download Certificate  >>
Life Cycle: BRE 'A+' rating
Freeze Thaw Testing to in excess of 400 cycles  Download Freeze Thaw Test Certificate >>
Energy: Fired in gas kilns to 1130 degrees
Raw materials: Etruria Marl Clay from our local quarry in Brierley Hill, sand
Lifespan: > 60 years. Second hand tiles that have been on roofs in excess of 100 years often sell for more than new tiles on the 2nd hand market
Recyclability: Can be crushed and used as aggregate and/or as an inert bulk fill
Packaging: We keep packaging to a minimum using wooden pallets. We do not shrink wrap or use plastic straps.

Find out more about Dreadnought Tiles approach to sustainability

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Tech Spec

Ketley Quarry Tiles FOR FLOORING

Standard: BS EN 14411:2012

Ketley Quarry Tiles are manufactured from the same clay, using the same processes as the Ketley 50mm and 65mm pavers and deliver the same technical characteristics of very low water absorption, very high strength and unrivalled frost resistance. 

Quarry Tile Joint size Coverage per m2



215x102mm 6mm 42
215x102mm 5mm 43
215x65mm 10mm 60

Packing On pallets -  1350 pieces on a pallet for 215x102mm size 

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BS EN 14411 Group A1b requirement

Typical values for Ketley Quarry tiles

                                  length x width
215mm x 102mm
215mm x 65mm
100mm x 100mm
150mm x 150mm
average tolerance +/-2% to an individual maximum of +/- 4mm
length 215mm+/-2.5mm
width 102.5mm+/-1.5mm
                                   Thickness (18mm)
average tolerance +/-10%
                              Straightness of sides
within ± 0.6%
within ±1%
Surface flatness
centre curvature ± 1.5%
centre curvature +/-1.5mm
edge curvature ± 1.5%
edge curvature +/- 1mm
warpage ± 1.5%
warpage +/- 1.5mm


Breaking Strength
Min 1100N
Water Absorption
0.5 < 3%
Resistance to deep abrasion
Max 275mm³
Frost resistance
Value to be stated
No damage after 100 cycles
Slip resistance
Pendulum test results exceeding 36 indicate low slip potential
Dry value av 96  
Wet value av of 58
on Slider 55 for Staffs Blue
Dry value av 63  
Wet value av of 55
on Slider 96 for Brown Brindle

Inclined platform in shod conditions
Category R11 which indicates that they are considered not to be slippery in wet or greasy conditions.
Inclined platform in wet barefoot conditions
Category C which is the highest rating for slip resistance.
Bond strength
C2 Cementatious adhesives
>1.0 N/mm²
Reaction resin adhesives      
Moisture expansion
No requirement
Reaction to fire
Value to be stated
Resistance to staining
Minimum requirement 3
Paste stain 5            
Chemical/oxydising stain 4
Film stain 3
Chemical Resistance



Laying Quarry tiles

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Download Ardex guide to fixing Dreadnought Quarry Tiles

During the floor laying operation the areas being treated should be accessible to no-one but the floor layers and should not be subjected to traffic until the bedding has stiffened and sufficient bond has developed between the bedding and the tile.  The floor should be kept clean and free from cement and plaster droppings.

As a general guide the following fixing should be followed;

  1. A joint width of between 6 & 10 mm

  2. A bedding layer to be approximately 6mm for cement based adhesives, 15-25mm for cement mortar and up to 70mm for a semi dry bed.

  3. A screed would normally be applied with a thickness of 50mm.

  4. A separating layer may be used to isolate the slips or paving tiles and their bedding from the base, preventing stresses in the base affecting the floor finish.  This method is not recommended for exterior applications.

When a screed is applied, the concrete base must be at least 4 weeks old.  The screed must then be allowed to mature for at least 2 weeks before fixing commences, during which time it must be protected from rain and frost.

Bedding directly to the base can be used where the base is completely matured and where there is no risk of further shrinkage movement or where a damp-proof membrane is incorporated between the concrete base and screed.  This method is suitable for external applications.

Care should be taken to incorporate appropriate falls and movement/expansion joints within the design of structure.

A suitable damp-proof membrane should be incorporated in the construction.

Quarry tiles should only be laid on a rigid bed with no voids underneath so the load applied to them is transferred through to the base.  In situations where heavy loads are involved the strength of the installation can be improved by the use of a thicker paver as the transverse breaking load of a clay paving product is directly related to its thickness where all other factors are equal.  It is advisable to select the material to resist the most arduous conditions likely to be imposed during the life of the product.



Grouting of Quarry tiles laid with wet cement-sand mortars or adhesives should not be carried out for 12 hours after laying the quarry tiles. Where a semi-dry mix method is used, tiles should be grouted within 4 hours of laying to ensure a full bond between the grout and the bedding.

Board should be laid over the tiled area to spread the load of the tiler when carrying out the grouting operation. The grouting mortar should be adapted for the width of the joint with a lower ratio of cement for wider joints. A mixture of 1:1 cement to fine dry sand by volume mixed to a paste with only the minimum of water for workability, should be used for joints of less that 3mm and a ratio of 1:3 for joints wider than 6mm.  Avoid too wet a mix, as this will dry out rapidly and the grouting will crack and break out. Work in the grout in small joints with a squeegee action. In wider joints pointing is recommended.  After the joints have been filled, scatter a dry 1:3 or 4 mortar mix over the joints: allow to dry for about 5 to 10 minutes, then brush away excess loose material with a soft bristle brush. Finally clean off the tiles with water and a cloth, avoid excess watering of the tiles in this operation.

If an impervious joint is required, additives may be used in the grout mix or proprietary ready grouts can be used. However advice should be sought from the manufacturers as to their suitability for the application.  Attention should be paid to cleaning any proprietary grout or grouts mixed with additives off the surface of the Quarry tiles immediately.

Tiles should be cleaned as work proceeds. Such cleaning should be minimal with good workmanship.



For further information on fixing products and their suitability for your project please refer to the manufacturers listed below.

Instarmac www.instarmac.co.uk     They supply a fully BS7533 compliant Ultrascape’s Mortar Paving System developed for constructing rigid paved areas offering a minimum construction life of 40 years.  Relevant case studies, data sheets and COSH information can be downloaded from their website.


ClEaning Quarry Tiles

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Under normal circumstances Quarry Tiles require little maintenance and can be kept clean by sweeping then washing with warm water to which a suitable non-soapy detergent has been added.

Clean and dry flooring surfaces possess a low slip potential, the majority of slip accidents occur in the presence of a contamination between the floor surface and foot. The likelihood of a slip occurring is greatly reduced if contamination is controlled by means of a cleaning and maintenance procedure. In order for a cleaning and/or maintenance regime to be effective there are a number of basic elements that should be considered:

  • Before establishing a floor cleaning protocol, the specific contaminants must be identified in order to enable the selection of the appropriate cleaning agent

  • The cleaning tools provided should be appropriate for use with the floor in question ­ it may be necessary to assign dedicated tools for specific areas

  • Regular cleaning of the floor should be scheduled, specifying the responsible person and time of day or night (dependent on likely volume of pedestrian traffic) cleaning should take place

  • Clear instruction should be provided as to the cleaning requirements and procedures, correct use and disposal of detergents, emergency conditions and procedures and recording and reporting of maintenance operations

  • Wear, damage, debris and contaminants should be identified through routine inspection of floor surfaces.

Contamination cleansing routines are dependent upon a number of factors including the type of surface to be cleaned, the contamination present, the availability of chemical cleaning agents and the practicality of manoeuvring cleaning machinery in the given space. Beyond the method used, it is imperative to ensure all contaminates are removed following the cleansing process  The freshly cleaned floor must be thoroughly rinsed with clean water to make certain that all cleaning agents are removed and the floor is dry on completion. Failure to conduct these last actions can lead to a build-up of concentrated contaminate and cleaning agent on the surface of floors. These contaminant and cleaning agent residues will combine with any water subsequently applied to form an emulsion that can spread over the floor’s surface, significantly increasing the slip potential.

Quarry Tiles should require only a small amount of cleaning on completion, and this only when the joints are hard.  This should be done with a non-soapy, neutral, sulphate-free detergent and cleaned off with clean water. Strong detergents should not be used as they can cause scumming.  Always damp tiles before applying a cleaning agent to avoid the cleaner being drawn into the body of the tile: the cleaning treatment is then restricted to the surface of the tile.

Difficult stains can be removed in one of three ways;

  • By the use of an abrasive soap.  Steel wool should not be used as small particles ma be deposited in the grouting causing rust marks

  • By chemical means, by reaction with the appropriate solvent but due to the variety of materials that may cause staining it is recommended that advice is sought from organisations such as Lucideon in Stoke on Trent.

  • By bleaching to remove the colour from the stain, although this should not be done on a regular basis.

NB: The use of sealers and polishes on Quarry Tiles can make regular cleaning more difficult.

Case Studies

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"The Dreadnought product is excellent with dimensional, colour and textural quality consistent throughout".       Gary Worsfold, Director of Architecture, Quantum Homes  see more testimonials >>>>>