Victorian Tiles

Once a decoration reserved for the rich and famous, Victorian tiles spread in the late 1800s to the middle classes who wanted to mimic the fine ways of the aristocracy. Throughout terraced streets, tiles were lain in different colours and patterns. They took inspiration not only from the upper classes, but also from monasteries and medieval churches. Some of these tiles have survived today, but their 100+ year survival has taken its toll. Many porches are now in need of repair, with cracked or broken tiles. While in the 60s and 70s it was extremely unfashionable to have Victorian tiled pathways (it was replaced in many cases by concrete or carpet indoors), thankfully, today it’s back on trend.