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Hans van Lemmen | Historical Tiles




Since the late 1960s an enormous amount of information has been published on the subject of decorative tiles and architectural ceramics. Below are listed some of the many studies in the field.


More recent publications

Gillian Crumpton (ed.), The John Scott Tile Collection, Pitkin Publishing, 2017

Sally Embree and John Stewart, Earth, Brick & Terracotta, 2 Vols. (with a special chapter on tiles), Historic England, 2015

Hans van Lemmen, 5000 Years of Tiles, British Museum Press, October  2013. 




Alun Graves, Tiles and Tilework (V&A Publications, London, 2002)

Hans van Lemmen, Tiles in Architecture (Laurence King, London, 1993)

Tony Herbert and Kathy Huggins, The Decorative Tile (Phaidon, London, 1995)

Lynn Pearson, Tile Gazetteer - A Guide to British Tile and Architectural Ceramics Locations (Richard Dennis, 2005)

Noel Riley, Tile Art – A History of Decorative Ceramic Tiles (Quintet, London, 1987)

Medieval Tiles

Ian M. Betts, Medieval ‘Westminster’ floor tiles (MoLAS Monograph 11) (Museum of London, London, 2002).
Susan Degnan and Derek Seeley, ‘Medieval and later floor tiles in Lambeth Palace Chapel’, London Archaeologist, 6 (1988) Winter, pp11-18.
Elizabeth Eames, English Tilers (British Museum Press, London, 1992).
Elizabeth Eames, English Medieval Tiles (British Museum Publications, London, 1985).
Elizabeth S. Eames, Catalogue of Medieval Lead-Glazed Earthenware Tiles in the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities, British Museum (British Museum Publications, London, 1980).
E. Eames and T. Fanning, Irish medieval tiles (Royal Irish Academy Monographs in Archaeology 2, Dublin 1998).
A. B. Emden, Medieval decorated tiles in Dorset (Phillimore, London & Chichester, 1977).
B. Hurman and B. Nenk, ‘The Gerald Dunning archive and the study of medieval ceramic roof furniture’, Medieval Ceramics 24 (2000), pp63-72.
L. Keen, ‘Pre-Conquest Glazed Relief Tiles from All Saints Church, Pavement, York’, Journal British Archaeological Association, 146 (1993), pp67-86.
Hans van Lemmen, Medieval Tiles (Shire Publications Ltd, Oxford, 2008).
J. M. Lewis, The medieval tiles of Wales (National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 1999).
Nicholas A. D. Molyneux and John E. McGregor, The Medieval Tiles at Great Malvern Priory (Friends of Great Malvern Priory, Great Malvern, 1997).
Christopher Norton, The Decorative Pavements of Salisbury Cathedral and Old Sarum, in Medieval Art and Architecture at Salisbury Cathedral, eds Laurence Keen and Thomas Cocke, (British Archaeological Association, 1996) pp90-105.
Christopher Norton, Medieval Floor Tiles in Scotland, in Medieval Art and Architecture in the Diocese of St Andrews, ed John Higgitt, (British Archaeological Association, 1994) pp137-173.
Christopher Norton, The Medieval Tile Pavements of Winchester Cathedral, in Winchester Cathedral: Nine Hundred Years, 1093-1993, ed John Crook, (Phillimore, Chichester, 1993), pp167-176.
C. Norton, ‘The origins of two-colour tiles in France and England’, in D. Derœux, ed, Terres Cuites Architecturales au Moyen Âge (Arras, 1986), pp256-293.
David Sherlock, Medieval floor tiles in Suffolk churches (Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, Ipswich, 1980).
Jennie Stopford, Medieval Floor Tiles of Northern England: Pattern and purpose – production between the 13th and 16th centuries (Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2004).
Jennie Stopford, ‘The Yorkshire Medieval Tile Project’, TACS Journal, 4 (1992), pp11-14.
Norma R. Whitcomb, The medieval floor-tiles of Leicestershire (Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society, Leicester, 1956).
Jane A. Wight, Mediaeval Floor Tiles (John Baker, London, 1975).
Jane A. Wight, Brick Building in England from the Middle Ages to 1550 (John Baker, London, 1972).

Middle Eastern and Far Eastern Tiles

John Carswell and C. J. F. Dowsett, Kutahya Tiles and Pottery from the Armenian Cathedral of St. James in Jerusalem (Oxford University Press, 1972).

Arthur Millner, Damascus Tiles – Mamluk and Ottoman Architectural Ceramics from Syria (Prestel Publishing, London, 2015)

Arthur Millner, Indian Tiles – Architectural Ceramics from Sultanate and Mughal India and Pakistan (Prestel Publishing, London, 2021)

Rose Kerr, ‘Celestial Creatures: Chinese tiles in the Victoria and Albert Museum’, Apollo, 149 (1999) March, pp15-21.

Gonul Oney, Ceramic Tiles in Islamic Architecture (Ada Press, Istanbul, 1987).

Douglas Pickett, Early Persian Tilework – The Medieval Flowering of Kashi (Associated University Presses, Cranbury, London,Mississauga, 1997).

Venetia Porter, Islamic Tiles (British Museum Press, London, 1995).


Dutch and English Delftware Tiles

Michael Archer, Delftware (Victoria and Albert Museum, 1997).
 Ian M. Betts and Rosemary I. Weinstein, Tin-Glazed Tiles from London (Museum of London, 2010).
Chris Blanchett, ‘The floor tiles at The Vyne, Hampshire, England’, Glazed Expressions, (2000) 41, pp2-31.
Jan Daan van Dam and others, Dutch Tiles, (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1984).
Jonathan Horne, English Tin-glazed Tiles, (Jonathan Horne Publications, London, 1989).
Hans van Lemmen, Delftware Tiles (Laurence King, London, 1997).
Hans van Lemmen, Delftware Tiles (Shire Publications Ltd, Oxford, 2010).
Anthony Ray, English Delftware Tiles (Faber and Faber, London, 1973).
Anthony Ray, Liverpool Printed Tiles (Jonathan Horne Publications, London,  1994).
Jan Pluis, De Nederlandse Tegel: Decors en Benamingen 1570-1930 - The Dutch Tile: Designs and Names 1570-1930 (Primavera Press, Leiden, 1997).
Andrew Skelton, ‘The Carshalton Water Tower Tiled Bath – a study in Anglo-Dutch tiles’, TACS Journal, 7 (1998), pp31-4.

Victorian and Edwardian Tiles

Rosamond Allwood, Victorian Tiles (Exhibtion Catalogue Wolverhanpton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, 1978).
Mark Anders, Burmantofts Architectural Faience, in Burmantofts Pottery, (Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, Bradford, 1983), pp28-37.
Alastair Scott Anderson, ‘Pierre Mallet (1836-1898) – Pioneer of French Aesthetic Ceramics in England’, Decorative Arts Society Journal, 23 (1999), pp86-101.
Alastair Scott Anderson, ‘Pierre Mallet – A Designer of Burmantofts Faience Tiles’, Glazed Expressions, (1998) 36, pp7-9.
Clive Aslet,’ Revival of a Tile Works’, Country Life, 167 (1980), pp224-226.
Paul Atterbury and Clive Wainwright, Pugin: A Gothic Passion (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1994).
J. Austwick and B. Austwick, The Decorated Tile (Pitman House Limited, London, 1980).
Julian Barnard, Victorian Ceramic Tiles (Studio Vista, London, 1972).
G. K. Beaulah, ‘Samuel Wright of Shelton and his Tiles’, Journal of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, 3 (1990), pp28-32.
G. K. Beaulah, ‘Techniques used in tile decoration’, Glazed Expressions, (1988) 17, pp5-12.
G. K. Beaulah, ‘Church tile survey in Yorkshire’, Glazed Expressions, (1981) 1, pp2-3.
Kenneth Beaulah and Hans van Lemmen, Church Tiles of the Nineteenth Century 2nd ed (Shire Publications, Princes Risborough, 2001).
Penny Beckett, ‘George Swift and Liverpool’s Swan Tile Works’, TACS Journal, 10 (2004), pp24-31.
Chris Blanchett, William De Morgan Tiles at Knightscroft House, Rustington, West Sussex (Buckland Books, Tring, 1992).
Michaela Braesel, ‘The tile decoration by Morris & Co. for Queens’ College, Cambridge’, Apollo, 149 (1999) January, pp25-33.
Hugo Brown, ‘A Minton floor rediscovered at Cliveden’, Apollo, 157 (2003) April, pp22-3.
Philip and Dorothy Brown, ‘Glass tiles’, Glazed Expressions, (1994) 28, pp2-3.
Philip and Dorothy Brown, ‘Cuenca tiles and Frederick Garrard’, Glazed Expressions, (1993) 26, pp10-11.
Philip and Dorothy Brown, ‘Spanish flavour in church tiles’, Glazed Expressions, (1992) 25, pp9-10.
Jon Catleugh, William De Morgan Tiles (Richard Dennis Publications, Shepton Beauchamp, 1983).
Andrew Connolly, Life in the Victorian brickyards of Flintshire and Denbighshire (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst, 2003).
Barry Corbett and Angela Corbett, Tiles Tell the Tale (Pilkington’s Lancastrian Pottery Society, 2004).
Chris Cox, ‘Chamberlain floor tiles at Slebech Church, Wales’, Glazed Expressions, (1994) 28, pp9-11.
A. J. Cross, Pilkington’s Royal Lancastrian Pottery and Tiles (Richard Dennis, London, 1980).
Michael J. Dillon, Bricks, tiles and terracotta from Wrexham and Ruabon (Wrexham Maelor Borough Council, Wrexham, 1985).
Max Donnelly, ‘Daniel Cottier, Pioneer of Aestheticism’, Decorative Arts Society Journal, 23 (1999), pp32-51.
Ifor Edwards, ‘Claymasters and Clayworkers in the old parish of Ruabon’, Transactions of the Denbighshire Historical Society, 35 (1986), pp83-98.
John Elliott and John Pritchard, eds, George Edmund Street: a Victorian architect in Berkshire  (Centre for Continuing Education, University of Reading, Reading, 1998).
Desmond Eyles and Louise Irvine, The Doulton Lambeth Wares (Richard Dennis, Shepton Beauchamp, 2002).
Margaret A. V. Gill, ‘A Munificent Benefaction: Godwin tiles in St Peter’s Church, Hereford’, TACS Journal, 9 (2003), pp24-34.
Betty Greene, ‘The Godwins of Hereford’, TACS Journal, 1 (1982), pp8-16.
John Greene, Brightening the Long Days (Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, 1987).
Malcolm Haslam, The Martin Brothers: Potters (Richard Dennis, London, 1978).
Louise Irvine, ‘Neatby’s Work with Doulton’, Architectural Review, 165 (1979) June, pp383-4.
Louise Irvine and Deborah Lambert, ‘”For present comfort and for future good” – Queen Alexandra’s House, Kensington’, Decorative Arts Society Journal, 21 (1997), pp27-34.
Tony Johnson, The Morris Ware, Tiles and Art of George Cartlidge (Making Space, Whippingham, 2004).
Joan Jones, Minton: The first two hundred years of design and production (Swan Hill Press, Shrewsbury, 1993).
Geoffrey Kay, ‘The Peacock of Mysore: An account of the tiled floor of the Wedding Pavilion in the Mysore Palace, Karnataka State, India’, TACS Journal, 7 (1998), pp3-9.
Geoffrey Kay, ‘Charles Lynam – an Architect of Tile Factories’, TACS Journal, 4 (1992), pp21-28.
Tessa Kelly, ‘The Morris Reredoses at St. John the Baptist Church, Findon, and The Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Clapham, West Sussex’, Journal of the William Morris Society, 13 (2000) 4, pp30-34.
Elspeth King, People’s Pictures: The story of tiles in Glasgow (Glasgow Museums, Glasgow, 1991).
Peter Larkworthy, Clayton and Bell, Stained Glass Artists and Decorators (Ecclesiological Society, London, 1984).
Hans van Lemmen, Minton Hollins Picture Tiles 2nd ed (Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, 1985).
Hans van Lemmen,Tiled Furniture (Shire Publications, Princes Risborough, 1989).
Hans van Lemmen and Jose Montgomery, Dutch Tiles at ‘Farrago’ and ‘Farrago’ – A History of the House and its Tiles 2nd ed (Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds, 1990).
Hans van Lemmen, Victorian Tiles (Shire Publications, Princes Risborough, 2000)
Hans van Lemmen and Bart Verbrugge, Art Nouveau Tiles (Laurence King, London, 1999).
John Malam, ‘A newly recognised Doulton interior, Manchester’, Glazed Expressions, (1993) 27, pp1, 12.
Richard Myers and Hilary Myers, William Morris Tiles – The tile designs of Morris and his Fellow-Workers (Richard Dennis, Shepton Beauchamp, 1996).
Lynn Pearson, ‘The ‘Revelations’ tiles of John Pollard Seddon at Sunningwell Church, Oxfordshire’, Glazed Expressions, (2003) 48, pp18.
Lynn Pearson, Minton Tiles in the Churches of Staffordshire (Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, 2000)
John Price, ”Everyday heroes’: The Memorial Tablets of Postman’s Park’, TACS Journal, 10 (2004), pp18-23.
Venetia Porter, ‘William De Morgan and the Islamic Tiles of Leighton House’, Decorative Arts Society Journal, 16 (1992), pp76-9.
John S. Reynolds, ‘Alfred Reynolds and the Block Process’, TACS Journal, 5 (1994), pp20-26.
Lezli Richer, ‘Training for Industrial Design and the Decline of Maw & Co’, Glazed Expressions, (1996) 33, pp3-5.
Pauline Sargent, ‘Painted tiles by William Burges’, Antique Collector, 58 (1987) March, pp101-108.
Graham Scott, ‘The Dream of City Architecture Expressed in Colourful Ceramics – the theories and architecture of Halsey Ralph Ricardo’, TACS Journal, 7 (1998), pp11-17.
D. S. Skinner and Hans van Lemmen, eds, Minton Tiles 1835-1935  (City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, 1984).
Annamarie Stapleton, John Moyr Smith 1839-1912: A Victorian Designer (Richard Dennis, Shepton Beauchamp, 2002).
Shirley Strachan, ‘Henry Powell Dunnill: a Victorian Tilemaster’, TACS Journal, 3 (1990), pp3-10.
Laura Trelford, A Discussion of the Figurative Tile Panels in the Nave of All Saints’, Margaret Street, designed by William Butterfield, 1873-91 (2004, MA dissertation, Courtauld Institute of Art).
Robert Prescott Walker, ‘Conrad Dressler and the Medmenham Pottery’, Decorative Arts Society Journal, (1994) 18, pp50-60.
Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Della Robbia Pottery, Birkenhead, 1894-1906: An interim report (Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Department of Leisure Services, Birkenhead, 1980).
Julie Gillam Wood, ‘Behind the Facade: An Insight into Burmantofts’ Trading Ethos’, TACS Journal, 10 (2004), pp3-11.

American Tiles

Frank Giorgini, Hand Made Tiles (Lark Books, Asheville, 1994)
Norman Karlson, American Art Tile 1876-1941 (Rizzoli, New York, 1998).
Ronald G. Pisano, The Tile Club  and the Aesthetic Movement in America (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with the Museums at Stony Brook, 1999).
Dick Sigafoose, American Art Pottery  - A Collection of Pottery , Tiles, and Memorablia 1880-1950 (CB Collectors Books, Paducah, 1998).
Susan Tunick, Terra-Cotta Skyline (Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 1997).

Twentieth Century Tiles

Katie Arber, Patterns for Post-war Britain – the tile designs of Peggy Angus (Middlesex University Press, London, 2002).
Katie Arber, ‘Peggy Angus, designer of modern tiles for a modern Britain’, Decorative Arts Society Journal, 26 (2002), pp120-134.
Liz Arthur, Robert Stewart: Design 1946-95 (A. & C. Black, London, 2003).
Penny Beckett, ‘The Ceramic Murals of Philippa Threlfall’, Glazed Expressions, (1999) 39, pp2-4.
Chris Blanchett, 20th Century Decorative British Tiles (Schiffer, Atglen, Pennsylvania, 2005).
Philip and Dorothy Brown, ‘Obliterating Butterfield’, Glazed Expressions, (1989) 19, pp8-9.
Andrew Casey, 20th Century Ceramic Designers in Britain (Antique Collectors’ Club, Woodbridge, 2001).
Kenneth Clark, The Tile: Making, Designing and Using (Crowood Press, Marlborough, 2002).
Richard Cork, ed, Eduardo Paolozzi Underground  (Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1986).
Leslie Hayward, Poole Pottery: Carter & Company and their Successors, 1873-2002 3rd edition, ed Paul Atterbury (Richard Dennis, Shepton Beauchamp, 2002).
Wendy Hitchmough, The Michelin Building (Conran Octopus, London, 1995).
Louise Irvine, ‘Ceramics for a Community’, Glazed Expressions, (1986) 12, pp1-2.
Louise Irvine and Paul Atterbury, Gilbert Bayes, Sculptor, 1872-1953 (Richard Dennis, Shepton Beauchamp, 1998).
Lesley Jackson, ‘”Contempt and Contemporary” Attitudes in the Staffordshire Ceramics Industry during the 1950s’, Decorative Arts Society Journal, 15 (1991), pp20-28.
Lesley Jackson and Kate Malone, Kate Malone: A Book of Pots (A. & C. Black, London, 2003).
David Lawrence, Underground Architecture (Capital Transport, Harrow, 1994).
David Leboff, The Underground Stations of Leslie Green (Capital Transport Publishing, Harrow Weald, 2002).
Hans van Lemmen and Chris Blanchett, Twentieth Century Tiles (Shire Publications, Princes Risborough, 1999).
Annabel Pears, Maw and Company 1900-1910 (1989, Diploma in Industrial Archaeology, Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham).
Lynn Pearson, ‘To Brighten the Environment: Ceramic Tile Murals in Britain, 1950-70′, TACS Journal, 10 (2004), pp12-17.
Lynn Pearson, ‘Memorial and Commemorative Tiles in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Churches’, TACS Journal, 9 (2003), pp13-23.
Lynn Pearson, Public Art since 1950 (Shire Publications, Princes Risborough, 2006)
Susan Rasey, ‘Sylvia Packard and the tile mural at the Royal School, Bath’, Glazed Expressions, (1997) 35, pp2-3
Alan Swale, ‘Carter & Co. and the First Screen Printed Tiles’, Glazed Expressions, (2002) 45, pp9.
Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon, Tiles of Tragedy: Brightlingsea’s Unique Maritime Memorial 2nd ed (Ellar Publications, Stockton-on-Tees, 2003).
Philip Ward-Jackson, Gilbert Bayes Essays in the Study of Sculpture (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 1998).
Russell Wright, Signs of the Times: a guide to the materials of modernism 1927-1933 (Building Centre, London, 1981).

Architectural Ceramics

Paul Atterbury and Louise Irvine, The Doulton Story (Royal Doulton Tableware, Stoke on Trent, 1979).
Philip and Dorothy Brown, ‘Lancaster architects – church terracotta and tiles’, Glazed Expressions, (1990) 21, pp8-10.
Colin Cunningham, The Terracotta Designs of Alfred Waterhouse (Wiley-Academy, Chichester, 2001).
Colin Cunningham and Prudence Waterhouse, Alfred Waterhouse, 1830-1905: Biography of a Practice (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1992).
Jean Farquhar and Joan Skinner, The History and Architecture of the Turkey Cafe (Sedgebrook Press, Leicester, 1987).
Miranda F. Goodby, ‘George Tinworth: an Artist in Terracotta’, TACS Journal, 3 (1990), pp15-21.
Gwen Heeney, Brickworks (A & C Black, London, 2003).
David Jolley, Architect Exuberant: George Skipper, 1856-1948 (Norwich School of Art, Norwich, 1975).
Robert Jolley, ‘Edmund Sharpe and the ‘Pot’ Churches’, Architectural Review, 146 (1969) December, pp426-31.
Alison Kelly, Mrs Coade’s Stone (Self Publishing Association, Upton-upon-Severn, 1990).
Rose Kerr, ‘Hidden treasure at Sir John Soane’s Museum’, Apollo, 156 (2002) November, pp23-9
Hans van Lemmen, Architectural Ceramics (Shire Publications, Princes Risborough, 2002)
Hans van Lemmen, Ceramic Roofware (Shire Publications, Princes Risborough, 2003).
Hans van Lemmen, Coade Stone (Shire Publications, Princes Risborough, 2006)
Lynn Pearson, ‘Decorative ceramics in the buildings of the British brewing industry’, TACS Journal, 8 (2000), pp26-36.
John Physick, The Victoria and Albert Museum: The history of its building (Phaidon-Christie’s, Oxford, 1982).
Joan S. Skinner, Form and Fancy: Factories and Factory Buildings by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners, 1916-1939 (Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 1997).
Joan Skinner, ‘The Fancy Factories of Wallis, Gilbert & Partners’, TACS Journal, 5 (1994), pp34-40.
Michael Stratton, The Terracotta Revival (Victor Gollancz, London, 1993).
Michael Stratton, William Watkins and the Terracotta Revival, in The Victorian Facade: W. Watkins and Son, Architects, Lincoln, 1859-1918, (Lincolnshire College of Art & Design, Lincoln, 1990), pp24-28.
Michael Stratton, ‘Science and Art Closely Combined: the organisation of training in the terracotta industry, 1850-1939′, Construction History, 4 (1988), pp35-51.
Michael Stratton, ‘The Terracotta Industry: its Distribution, Manufacturing Processes and Products’, Industrial Archaeology Review, 8 (1986) 2, pp194-214.
Alan Swale, Architectural terracotta – a critical appraisal of its development and deployment (1998, MA dissertation, History of Ceramics, University of Staffordshire).
Alan Swale, ‘The Terracotta of the Wedgwood Institute, Burslem’, Journal of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, 2 (1987), pp21-27.
Jeanne Marie Teutonico, ed, Architectural ceramics: their history, manufacture and conservation  (James & James (Science Publishers) Ltd, London, 1996).
Kevin Wheelan, The History of the Hathern Station Brick & Terra Cotta Company (Mercia Cinema Society, Birmingham, 1982).

Tile Conservation

Lesley Durbin, Architectural Tiles: Conservation and Restoration (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2004).
Jane Fawcett, ed, Historic Floors: Their History and Conservation  (Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 1998).
Michael Stratton, Clad is bad? The relationship between structural and ceramic facing materials, in Structure and Style: Conserving Twentieth Century Buildings, ed Michael Stratton, (E. & F. N. Spon, London, 1997) pp164-92. Jeff Oliver,

Tile Repair

Repairing Old China and Ceramic Tiles (Ebury Press, London, 1985


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