British Handmade Tiles

We Make & Sell
Handmade Roof & Floor Tiles

Handmade clay tiles have been a reliable roofing material for centuries proving themselves time and time again. There is no shortage of clay roofs throughout the UK still providing good service – just look at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford upon Avon, or Michelham Priory in East Sussex. Clay tiles blend easily and naturally with their surroundings and will last a lifetime. On versatility and pure aesthetics, few rivals come even close.

WE OFFER AN IMPECCABLE HANDMADE CLAY TILES SERVICE WHICH INCLUDES:

  • No obligation quotes
  • Free handmade clay tiles samples
  • Free estimated quantities (roof plans required)
  • Site visits to discuss your project
  • Tile matching service – Match old tiles, with new.
  • Crane / Moffett off-load facilities on deliveries
  • Next day deliveries on stock items
  • Recommend approved roofing contractors
  • 30 year guarantee
  • Factory tour to see our production

Our History

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  • 1979

    The Beginning

    The Beginning

    January 1, 1979

    Andrew Spicer left school and started his career in the roofing industry at the tender age of 15. Shortly after, he was disciplined by his boss for throwing old pegs in the skip, without realising their true value. From this point on Andrew wondered why something so old and rustic could be so valuable, and how hard could it be to make…

  • 1987

    The Discovery

    The Discovery

    January 1, 1987

    After years of wondering how they were made, and no access to the internet Andrew was on a forest walk with a friend when he noticed a spot where a fire once was. The earth around the fire was brown in colour, the closer to the centre of the fire, the more orange the earth was. Andrew realised, this was the fired clay.

  • 1988

    Fired Clay

    Fired Clay

    January 1, 1988
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    Andrew decided to test the theory of the fired clay. He made a tile out of wet clay and put it into a garden fire to make his finished product. This tile exploded, heating up too quickly, sealing the outside and not allowing the moisture to escape. He there, realised he needed to dry the tile first. After destroying his Mothers microwave he realised the tile needed to be dried much slower, so he utilised his Fathers greenhouse – a warm, damp environment, perfect for drying clay. After many attempts he had all but given up when one day he was cleaning out his mothers Parkray stove when the griddle wouldn’t move, after removing the ash he found a fired tile. It wasn’t fully fired but the tile stayed whole, with no cracks, and the orange colour had started to come through. From here Andrew and Jane bought a small kiln and produced enough tiles to showcase to local tradesmen.

  • 1989

    Spicer Tiles Begins

    Spicer Tiles Begins

    January 1, 1989
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    Andrew and Jane decided there could be a viable business in producing roof tiles, and with the help of Jane’s parents, Ray and Cynthia, they created Spicer Tiles and moved into our first business premises in Wittersham, located in rural Kent. We sourced a gas kiln from Wales and started production on a larger scale using clay from Stoke-on-Trent.

  • 1990

    Expand To Meet Demand

    Expand To Meet Demand

    January 1, 1990
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    Business took off and Spicer Tiles employed 3 people to keep up with demand, supplying the roofing community with traditional brand new Kent peg tiles and fittings, produced to look old.

  • 1991

    The Storm

    The Storm

    January 1, 1991

    After a moderate storm, part of the roof on the production facility collapsed, but due to high demand of tiles caused by the storm we had no staff available to fix it for weeks.

  • 1994

    Moving To A Chicken Farm

    Moving To A Chicken Farm

    January 1, 1994
    Moving To A Chicken Farm

    Spicer Tiles outgrew the premises in Wittersham and needed to expand to keep up with demand. We found an old chicken farm in Bethersden with ample yard space and decided to make the move, installing the gas kiln from Wittersham but also installing two second hand electric kilns to increase our production.

  • 1999

    New Kiln

    New Kiln

    January 1, 1999

    A new gas kiln was installed to replace the old kiln, this time slightly bigger to once again cater for increased demand. By this point, we had 8 employees and was running at full capacity, producing 30,000 tiles per month.

  • 2011

    Adam Joins

    Adam Joins

    January 1, 2011

    After being around the family business his whole life, it was time for Spicer Tiles to officially employ Adam Spicer, son of Andrew and Jane. Adam was a tile moulder for 2 years then moved on to other areas of production until eventually moving to a sales role within the company.

  • 2012

    Experimenting With Sawdust

    Experimenting With Sawdust

    January 1, 2012
    Experimenting With Sawdust

    We decided it was time to experiment with something new. We had an unlimited supply of sawdust from local saw mills, and an idea to use it as fuel to fire a kiln. We developed a kiln with a high power fan and a combustion chamber to ignite the sawdust. The heat was transferred to the firing chamber and the tiles were fired to over 1000°c.

  • 2013

    Grow Again

    Grow Again

    January 1, 2013

    After much experimentation it was concluded that a sawdust firing kiln could not give a consistent firing without considerable investment in space and machinery to ensure the continuous quality of sawdust. But with the ever-burning enthusiasm to produce more tiles. We decided it was time to grow again.

  • 2014

    Rebrand & Relocate

    Rebrand & Relocate

    January 1, 2014
    Rebrand & Relocate

    Joining with another company, the Spicer’s expanded, rebranded, and relocated to New Romney, with 21,000 sq/ft of inside working area and 10,000 sq/ft of yard space. Adding additional tiles, with a range of widely accepted sand-faced tiles, the company now employed 45 people and had a facility capable of producing 300,000 tiles per month.

  • 2017

    Improving Quality

    Improving Quality

    January 1, 2017
    Improving Quality

    Heavy investment meant we could invest in state of the art clay preparation and a brand new electric kiln, reducing waste and improving product quality.

  • 2018

    The Spicer’s

    The Spicer’s

    January 1, 2018
    The Spicer’s

    The Spicer’s reverted back to being a family business, and once again used the trading name which was a well-known and trusted name within the industry – Spicer Tiles. Trading from the same premises in New Romney, the Spicer’s invite anyone along for a factory tour to see the love and hard work which goes into the products.