|One of a set of 12 tiles for the months of the year|
At this period, as well as Months of the Year subjects, other designs for tiles were produced which depicted Seasons of the Year, Nursery Rhymes, scenes from Robin Hood, Shakespearean scenes and many more. Tiles were made by the company from the late 1700s until the end of the 20th century but the peak was in the second half of the 1800s. The designs began to be recorded in a separate set of pattern books, known as the Tile Books, from about 1840 rather than dotted amongst the records of tea, dinner, dessert ware, toilet ware and ornamental ware.
|A Tile Book I photographed before conservation work in 2006|
|'Left over' tiles used to cover stillages when a clay cellar was converted into wine cellar|
Next time you see some gorgeous tiles beneath your feet or set into a frieze, consider for a moment, could they be from the Spode factory?
You can see more about tiles by going to my Spode ABC and look under T.