Tudor tiles helps in the restoration of Oast House

Tudor tiles helps in the restoration of Oast House

Tudor tiles was specified for the restoration of the Grade II listed Oast House, a former heritage asset, which forms part of a complex of former agricultural buildings near the village of Hever in Kent.

Tudor Roof Tiles were chosen as the most sympathetic handmade peg tiles still manufactured in the Kent area, which were installed in a traditional mix of 75% red antique and 25% dark antique.

Dating from the nineteenth century, the buildings had originally consisted of a rectangular two-storey 9.6m x 6.6m brick barn with two different sized circular kilns, for drying hops grown in the area. However, as they had not been used for many years, the buildings had fallen into disrepair and then suffered massive damage during the storms of 1987.

With the roofs completely destroyed, half of the brickwork on the larger south kiln missing and the brick walls and top courses on the barn and east kiln incomplete, there was a real danger that the remaining structure would collapse and ultimately be lost.

Significant rebuilding work was undertaken using a mixture of traditional and modern materials in order to respect and complement local historic building methods rather than exactly replicate the original structure.

The new roofs were completely rebuilt and tiled with traditional clay Kent Peg tiles, which were manufactured by Tudor Roof Tiles to complement those on the adjacent buildings within the farm complex and a nearby converted barn.

The top of the roundel roofs were then fitted with new bespoke timber oast cowls.

Now this unique family home retains the natural and rural appearance of the original oast house and its setting.

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Tudor Roof Tile Co Ltd is one of the last remaining independent clay roof tile manufacturers, which still produces genuine handmade Kent Peg and Plain tiles of the kind that have graced English roofs over the centuries.

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