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DREADNOUGHT

English clay shingle tiles with
215 years of history & tradition

WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD TO PRESENT DREADNOUGHT TILES - SINCE 1805

Dreadnought Handmade Mixed Colors of English Shingle roof tiles
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In 1805 Mr. Hinton & Mr. Perry started making roof tiles in Brierley Hill in the West Midlands of England. Those tiles were the regular English size 10 ½” x 6 ½” and were machine made to service the growing market for smooth surface clean edged tiles... just like they make today.

The Dreadnought tiles made today are not that different from those made by the company over 200 years ago. They might be delivered to your site on a diesel powered truck, or possibly electric powered in the not too distant future, as opposed to a horse drawn cart with the tiles packed in straw. But the pride in the tiles and the quality is just the same.

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COLORS

Dreadnought tiles have a smooth flat surface, square cut sides and butt to give a sharp clean look to any roof. Dreadnought create then their natural shades by the delicate control of the kiln atmosphere a process known as ‘reduction firing.’ They don’t add any surface staining or pigments, colors are created by controlling the burn, just as they have for the past 215 years.

 

RED

Perhaps, the best known and most widely used natural colour produced from Etruria Marl.  Ideal for matching and repairs, with their subtle shade variations, the traditional red Smoothfaced single camber clay roof tile is widely used throughout areas where clay tiles are established and appreciated for its rich red colour. Red Sandfaced tiles give a softer appearance and are chosen more frequently in the South.

Dreadnought English Shingle Tile in traditional red
Dreadnought English Tile in red with beavertail tiles
Dreadnought red Smooth tiles used on both the roof and walls

COUNTRY BROWN

Natural multi-colored red and brown clay roof tiles produced without any artificial stains or pigments.  A softer lighter color, which is popular in the south of the country.

Dreadmought Shingle tile in Country Brown
Dreadnought Country Brown with ornamental tiles
Dreadnought Country Brown SF Chapel Rd

BROWN BRINDLE

These are natural  colored rich brown clay roof tiles with only tonal variations produced without any stains or pigments.  These tiles look best against lighter multi-colored brickwork.

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Dreadnought English Shingle Tiles in Brown Brindle Lancashire

BLUE BRINDLE

Blue Brindle and Dark Heather clay tiles are a predominantly blue color, with subtle shade differences of lighter blue and purple hues.

Dreadnought English Shingle Tiles in Blue Brindle
Dreadnought Blue brindle with a smooth finish
Dreadnought Smooth Blue Brindle

STAFFORDSHIRE BLUE

This color has the depth and subtlety of a true blue clay color which can provide an effective contrast to light colored stone and brick work.  It is deeper and darker than the Blue Brindle and Dark Heather.

Dreadnought Staffordshire Blue English Clay tiles
Dreadnought Staffordshire Smooth English clay tiles
Dreadnought English Shingle tile in the amazing Staffordshire Blue
 

PROJECT PICTURE THAT DEMONSTATE THE VERSITILITY OF DREADNOUGH ENLISH SHINGLE CLAY TILES

ROUND THE BEND

Why restrict your creative designs to having your roof change direction on a regular hip when you can let the roof follow a curve?
Dreadnought Tiles’ smooth shape and clean rooftile work perfectly following the contours of your roof.
They will also ‘raise an eyebrow’ as they flow up and over dormer window.

Although the tiles will go ‘round the bend’ we promise not to send you ‘round the bend!’ when you chose Dreadnought Tiles for your next project.

Dreadnought Red Blue
English Shingle Tile Turret using Dreadnought Tiles
Dreadnought Staffordshire Blue Eyebrown detail with ornamental ridge
Cureved wall using Dreadnought English Shingle tile in Staffordshire blue
 

SMOOTH CURVES

Just because a straight line is the shortest distance between two points does not mean it’s the most attractive.

So if you want to curve the rafters go ahead, our tiles will follow just about any curve you desire.

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Dreadnought Smooth Blue Brindle Anjulita
Dreadnought Smooth Blue Brindle Cumnor H
 

SHARP EDGES

Dreadnought Tiles have a smooth surface, square cut edges and butt, which give any roof a clean look. So when you need to change direction at a hip you need an equally clean sharp edge.
No problem… we can provide Arris style hip tiles to suit any pitch which will add to the sharp clean lines immensely.

Dreadnought Brown Antique Lechlade Manor
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ORNAMENTALS

 

The Victorians loved ornamentation and Dreadnought have always offered the complete range of traditional shapes.
Ornamental shapes are available in all the regular Dreadnought colors.

Tiles are available in a range of classic ornamental shapes.

English - Club - Fishtail - Spade - Arrowhead

Drednought English Tile Ornamental roof tiles
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Red Ornamental Fishtail tiles were used
 

STAFFORDSHIRE BLUE WITH SOLAR PANELS

Quite often solar panels can detract from the aesthetics  of the roof, because they contrast so violently with the color  of the tiles and your eye gets  drawn to the contrast.
Perhaps you might like to consider  Dreadnought’s Staffordshire Blue tiles as their coloration tends to blend more harmoniously with that of the solar panels.

Solar panals used with Dreadnought Dark Staffordshire Blue
Solar Panels nicely matched iwth Dreadnought Staffordshire Blue tiles