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Handmade Ornamental Tiles

Garden shelter clad in handmade Dreadnought arrowhead tiles provides backdrop for Tom Hiscocks El Toro at RHS Chelsea 2024

Dreadnought supply a wide range of handmade ornamental clay roof tiles, club fishtail, spade and arrowhead  in all the Dreadnought tile colours.Roof components copy

Ornamental tiles were common in Victorian architecture and were used to add interest to large expanses of roof or vertical cladding.

In the main they are used either in a series of bands or in diamond shapes.  Experience has shown that Ornamental tiles look best, tiled as an odd number of courses i.e. 3 or 5.  Whilst Ornamental tiles and Plain tiles in the same colour provide a subtle feature, a more striking contrast can be obtained if the Ornamental tiles are shown in different colours.

Staffs blue     Red Blue Blend  clay tiles were used to reroof Nocton Church

handmade ornamental tile extension in a mixed colour blend

We have seen more contemporary projects recently that feature our ornamental tiles.  Arrowhead tiles in particular lend themselves well to contemporary schemes as they create a geometric hexagonal pattern when laid.

handmade ornamental arrowhead tiles in a mixed colour blend

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Dreadnought Tiles is a company with an impeccable pedigree and it was a pleasure to see them continuing to thrive and innovate. Black Country craftmanship and quality at its best.” Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

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