Sunday, 1 August 2010

Victorian tiles

Saltaire's Half Moon Café (see yesterday) has been attractively refurbished and retains the original Victorian tiles, patterned with what appear to be raspberries and leaves. The end of each run of tiles, where the windows and doors punctuate, has an elaborate carved stone finial, each of which is different. I think the tiles may be faience ware (glazed terracotta) from the Leeds company of Burmantofts, but I am not certain.

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  1. I was watching the British auction show, A woman brought some tiles to be auctioned. May be your tiles will fetch a lot of money.

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  2. Beautiful tiles.. forming an nice meandering pattern..
    Costas

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  3. Those tiles a gorgeous! I also enjoyed reading your profile. What an interesting town you live in!

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  4. What a gorgeous place you live in, Jenny! Enjoyed a bit of a tour of Saltaire today, the lovely reflection on the canal, the pretty cafe, these Victorian tiles... I may need to come back and explore some more! :-)

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  5. They really are such beautiful details. I enjoy seeing decorations like this on older buildings and regret when they tear some of them down.

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  6. Nice shot, had fun watching the video yesterday.

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  7. A beautyful way to underline an architecture!

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  8. Thanks for bringing me to your blog by visiting mine. I've never been to Yorshire but I'd love to visit. Some of my ancestors came to New England from Huddersfield in the early 1800s to work in the texile industry. I'd like to walk in their footsteps, if only virtually.

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  9. These are absolutely beautiful and different from all the tiles I've seen here.

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  10. Oh, what wonderful tiles! You do live in a very special place!

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  11. So sooo pretty. I want some just like it. Actually, I'd rather go THERE to see them. Such beautiful history.

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  12. Beautiful tiles. Really gorgeous. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  13. Lovely! The detail is so pretty.

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  14. These tiles and your daily perspective at this beautiful heritage site is most interesting.

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