The Spicer family have been producing tiles which have adorned roofs around the Garden of England and beyond, for over 30 years. With manufacturing secrets and passion passed down generations, the addition of Spicer Tiles is a sure sign of care and consideration to any project.

To date the Spicer Family still all play an active role in the business. Andrew continues to keep a close eye on production, Jane assists Lauran the General Manager, in the office. Adam acts as Managing Director, driving the business forward with a ‘If it’s not perfect, it’s not right.’ mentality.

Timeline

Timeline
1979
1979

The Beginning

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..Read More
1987
1987

The Discovery

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,..Read More
1988
1988

Fired Clay

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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..Read More
1989
1989

Spicer Tiles Begins

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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..Read More
1990
1990

Expand To Meet Demand

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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
1991

The Storm

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
1994

Moving To A Chicken Farm

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..Read More
1999
1999

New Kiln

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
2011

Adam Joins

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..Read More
2012
2012

Experimenting With Sawdust

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...Read More
2013
2013

Grow Again

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
2014

Rebrand & Relocate

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..Read More
2017
2017

Improving Quality

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
2018

The Spicer’s

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..Read More