Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The hidden history of tilemaking

Recent comprehensive restoration work on the Mill Building at Jackfield has revealed an interesting and remarkable collection of early encaustic tile moulds from the early days of the Craven Dunnill factory.

These moulds, dating from the 1870s, were recovered from rubble deposits beneath the floor of what now appears to be a possible blunging area. Many of the patterns were previously unknown, and curators Michael Vanns and Tim Jenkins enthusiastically waded in with the archaeology team to assist in the retreival of these interesting artefacts.

More information can be found here.


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