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Staffordshire blue quarry tiles

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This is a very popular quarry tile in both contemporary and heritage schemes, and in commercial and domestic projects alike.  Its traditional Staffordshire blue clay colour with its natural shade variations  works well in Victorian restoration projects as well as in contemporary interior spaces bringing character and interest.  Different effects can be achieved with different laying patterns.

interior exterior icon small      Frost resistant
      Suitable for exterior & interior

slip resistance icon small      High slip resistance
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      Category R11 C

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Case Studies

Maggie Centre in Manchester

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The Maggie Centre in Manchester, designed by Foster + Partners features Ketley Staffordshire blue quarry tiles in a stack bond inside the timber framed building and Ketley 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.  

The Horseshoe Pub in Hampstead

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This gastro pub 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.

Temper Restaurant Soho

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The Temper Restaurant in Soho is a new basement barbecue restaurant designed by Gundry & Ducker Ltd that opened in November 2016.  It was fitted out by Blue Crow Projects who used Staffordshire blue brick sized quarry tiles for the floor to great effect.  They have used a running bond in the main areas and a stock bond on the raised floor around the bar.  Matching Staffs blue brick slips also feature in a stock bond on the walls.  

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 Ketley Staffordshire blue quarry tiles and brick slips on the wall of the bar.  

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. 



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 contact us for further details.

Bullnose Stretcher

Bullnose-Stretcher-drawing              Bullnose-Stretcher


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

Download our Quality and Environmental Policy

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 10mm 40
215x102mm 6mm 42
215x102mm 5mm 43
215x65mm 10mm 60
150x150mm 10mm 40

Packing On pallets -  1350 pieces on a pallet for 215x102mm size   pallet weight (incl pallet) 1240kg
                                        1100 pieces on a pallet for 150x150mm size   pallet weight (incl pallet) 1010kg
                                        1890 pieces on a pallet for 215x 65mm size    pallet weight (incl pallet) 1155kg

Weight per unit          215x102mm size - 0.9kg   150x150mm size - 0.9kg   215x 65mm size  0.6kg

Download Ketley Quarry Tile Specification Sheet

Download Ketley Quarry Tile Specification clause as a word document


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

Download our guide to laying and cleaning  Quarry Tiles

Download Ardex guide to fixing Dreadnought Quarry Tiles

During the floor laying operation the areas being treated