Traditional English Plain tiles, known in North America as shingle tiles, are small, only 10 ½" x 6 ½" wide with a 4 ¼" exposure, they have a sandy surface and a slight camber in their width and length.
Most recognizable as 'English' are the use of special fittings such as Valley tiles, Arris or Bonnet hips and Hogs Back ridge. These are the details which made the classic English Country houses designed by the late Sir Edwin Lutyens and C.F.A. Voysey so beautiful and enduring.
For true English craftsmanship and understated elegance you cannot do better than either Sahtas handmade clay tile or Goxhill clay roofing tiles.