Old roofing tiles

After the Great Fire, there was an influx of craftsmen and labourers from the provinces into London. Bricklayers, joiners and carpenters were in great demand. Building costs remained competitive but there was hostility towards the newcomers. City streets were clogged with carts carrying timber, bricks, tiles, slate and lime. Brick-kilns were set up all round London, producing millions of bricks and tiles each year.

old roofing tile

This type of pan tile became less common in London during the 18th century as slate tiles became the standard material for roofing London’s houses.