Moyr Smith was a leading designer at Minton Tiles, the renowned tile manufacturer of the period.
These tiles depict scenes drafted by Moyr Smith inspired by Lord Tennyson's collection of poems retelling the legend of King Arthur entitled 'Idylls of the King', which captured the imaginations of the Victorians and remained a literature classic.
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Wiltshire was of crucial importance in the history of English tiles as it was at Clarendon Palace, near Salisbury, that the earliest two-colour tile pavement was manufactured between 12; a pavement was ordered from a Westminster tiler in 1237 but it is unknown whether this was actually made.
Our original reclaimed stock is the largest in the UK and covers many tile styles from the Victorian and Edwardian era.
We have a large showroom (infact we have one whole room dedicated to tiles) where you can view examples of complete floors, individual geometric tiles and encaustic tiles.
You are welcome to come and visit our large showroom in Kent and view the many tiles we have on display and discuss your flooring requirements with our team.
The surviving tiles from the Clarendon Palace pavement are now in the British Museum, but an important Wessex pavement dating from around 1260 remains in the muniment room of Salisbury Cathedral; however, its preservation beneath boarding means access is difficult.
The delightful but much later renaissance-inspired tile pavement at Lacock Abbey was taken up in the nineteenth century and is in storage at the house, whose entrance hall sports a series of unusual terracotta sculptures executed in 1755-6.