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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