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Classic Staffordshire Blue

Dreadnought Classic Staffordshire Blue clay tiles produce a striking and unique coloured roof.   The varied texture of the handmade tile adds character.  These tiles are justifiably popular for self build homes and churches. 

Following a 25 year gap Dreadnought have re-launched this tile made using the same clay, care and delicate kiln control that is synonymous with a Dreadnought.

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Mixed Blues

A blend of Staff Blue and Dark heather Classic Tiles

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Self Builder Bernice Cuthbert had been searching for handmade blue roof tiles for some time, and had not liked the harsh look of the artificially coloured samples she had received.  When her Dreadnought samples arrived, she had finally found what she had been looking for; mellow shades of natural clay colour which would blend in perfectly with the blues in the handmade bricks she had already selected.  "I have been delighted with the tiles since day one and still get huge pleasure out of looking at them", she says.  Full details >>

Once Upon a Hill

Hand made Staffs Blue Classic tiles

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Set high up on a spectacular 10km ridge near Shrewsbury, in SW Shropshire, rising to 536m above sea level is the wild and dramatic Stiperstones National Nature Reserve. When Ian Storey of Conservation Building Services Ltd was contracted by Natural England with support from English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Community  to restore Davies Cottage a 19th century miners cottage within the reserve,  a project called ‘Once upon a hill’,  they struggled to find a suitable rooftile.  Dreadnought are the only clay tile manufacturer in the UK to produce a genuine staffordshire blue tile.  This is achieved by careful control of the kiln atmosphere, using methods passed down through generations of family management. 

Fortunately, CBS learnt that Dreadnought had just re established their handmade range and their Classic handmade Staffordshire Blue tile was exactly what CBS were looking for.  It is a dark tile very similar in appearance to the Dreadnought handmade tiles produced between 1805 and 1984.  Its authentic shape and colour have recreated the charm and character of this historic cottage.  Full details>>

Technical Info

Dreadnought Tiles conform to BS EN 1304:2013 and should be fixed in accordance with BS5534 "Slating and Tiling" part 1 & 2 and BS8000 Part 6.
Frozen-Icon2 webFreeze Thaw Standards require plain clay tiles for use in the U.K. to withstand at least 150 freeze / thaw cycles under method E of European Standard EN 539-2:2013.   At Dreadnought Tiles we regard this as too low for our climate and we therefore test our tiles to withstand in excess of 400 cycles. 

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  Tiles Eaves Gable
Size 265 x 165 mm 215 x 165 mm 265 x 248 mm
Weight 1.5 kg 1.2 kg 2.3 kg
Pattern Handmade    
Material Etruria Marl Etruria Marl Etruria Marl


  Pitched Roofs Vertical
Minimum Lap 65 mm 32 mm
Maximum Gauge 100 mm 115 mm
Approx Weight at
Maximum Gauge
90 kg/m2 79.5 kg/m2
Nails 38 x 2.65 mm alloy 38 x 2.65 mm alloy
Battens 38 x 25 mm 38 x 25 mm
Minimum Pitch 35 degree  

Quantity Guide

Tiles @ 100mm Gauge 60 per m2
115mm Gauge 53 per m2
Eaves/Tops 6/lineal metre
Gable (Tile and Half) 5/lineal metre of verge
Hips and Valleys 10/lineal metre of main rafter
Ridges Supplied in 300 mm and 450 mm lengths

Relevant Fixing Standards

BS 5534 2014 Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling
BS 8000-6.2013 Workmanship on Building Sites
BS EN 1991-1-4:2005+A1:2010 UK National Annex to Eurocode 1 -Actions on Structures - Part 1-4: General actions - wind actions

Environmental Info

Place of Manufacture: Brierley Hill, UK
Environmental Management:       ISO 14001        Download Certificate >>
Quality Management:                    ISO   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.

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Roof Components

Ornamental tiles

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Ornamental Ridges

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Dreadnought BIM Objects

We have one Revit model file (.rvt) that contains all the available Dreadnought Roof Tile Revit Family types in Revit 2016 format.  

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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 >>>>>