Shapes of Buildings

Glimpses of  Countryside

Buildings Closing a View

Pavements & Streets

Timber Framed Houses

Wattle & Daub


Use of Bricks

Use of Stone

Stucco & Rendering

Tile Hanging

Mathematical Tiles

Painting Bricks & Tiles

The Coming of Slate

Glass and Glazing

Unusual Features in Rye

Cast Iron

Changes in Fashion

Shapes of Rye
Materials of Rye

Shapes of Streets

Glimpses of Country Gallery

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for future generations

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Tile hanging was popular in the 17th century especially for cottages and small houses.  It was common for the ground floor to be brick built with a simple tile hung wood frame at first floor.

Tile hanging was also popular in the 19th century as a way to both weatherproof and modernise the house.

An ingenious shape of tile had an extended flat semi-circle forming the lower half of the tile.  This had the effect of reducing the weight while maintaining the cover of the gap below.  It also made possible various decorative effects.

Plain tile hung wall

Semi-circular shaped tiles form a pattern 

Images and text by John Griffiths, Rye Conservation Society

Tile Hanging
Mathematical Tiles Stucco and Rendering