Ridge Tiles


Among the many interesting finds from the Cellar were what appear to be ridge tiles, either from roof apices or from hip intersections. These "ridge" tiles, made in a shell-tempered fabric 21mm thick, measure 212mm from end to end and 166mm from side to side. The tiles were obviously made by folding a rolled slab of clay around a former, grain impressions on the inner surface suggesting that this former would be made of wood. Not exactly half-round in profile, the tiles measure 118mm from base to apex. In use, their lack of any taper would mean that they would have to be butt jointed rather than overlapped in the manner of imbrices.