The Importance of Bespoke Peg Tile Sizes For Historic Buildings

Kent Peg Tiles hold a special place in the English architectural landscape. Dating back as far as the 12th and 13th centuries, the name ‘Peg Tile’, originally came from the softwood pegs, which were driven through two square holes in the top edge of the tiles, attaching them to the laths or battens.

Despite the Royal Charter of 1477 decreeing that plain tiles should be standardised to 10½” x 6¼” countrywide, Kent Peg Tiles remained typically 10” x 6” (255mm x 150mm) but the reality is that the sizes of Peg Tiles found on historic buildings can vary greatly, exhibiting their own regional variations.

Although the differences in size may seem minimal, they can be highly visible when restoration or extension work is being carried out, so it is important to always keep to the exact sizing of the original tiles.


For this reason, Tudor Roof Tile Co Ltd is offering a whole range of bespoke and non-standard peg tiles designed to match the varied sizing requirements of historic buildings.

Made from the finest English clay, the meticulous detailing of Tudor’s Peg Tiles carefully recreates the time weathered look of the ancient peg tiles of Kent. Manufactured using traditional craftsmanship, each tile is hand pressed, moulded and trimmed, and then strengthened by advanced firing techniques to give the final product exceptional performance and durability which is performance guaranteed for many years to come.

Both square and round peg holes can be made to accommodate a variety of wooden or metal pegs, making them ideal for specialised historical renovation and restoration work.

“Our experience in hand making tiles allows us to manufacture authentic looking historic Peg Tiles with dimensional sizes that will complement a much wider range of heritage buildings than those produced to modern standards,” said Paul Lythgoe, Managing Director of Tudor Roof Tile Co Ltd.

“Furthermore, in view of the short supply and soaring costs of second hand reclaimed Peg Tiles, the handmade replacements that we are making are proving to be an excellent alternative for architects and conservationists.”

In addition, the company is extending its popular price promotion on its standard 10” x 6” (255mm x 150mm) range of Kent Peg Tiles for a further twelve-month period, during which this standard sized Peg Tile will be available at the same price as its range of clay plain tiles.

All Tudor roof tiles are CE marked to EN 1304:2005(E) standards for frost resistance, water impermeability and flexural strength.

They are available in five traditional sand-faced colours: Medium Antique, Dark Antique, Red Antique, Sussex Brown and Sussex Red, complemented by the new Jubilee ‘variegated’ colourways. Non sand-facing (natural clay) is also available on bespoke sized tiles.

Tudor roof tiles are available from leading roofing and builders merchants. For more information, contact Tudor Roof Tile Co. Ltd, Dengemarsh Road, Lydd, Kent, TN29 9JH. Tel: 01797 320202 Fax 01797 320700

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