We aren’t only about history but spend a lot of our time focusing on working on contemporary and modern buildings.  Keymer Contemporary allows architects and housebuilders, who have the inspiration for grand and often ambitious housing design to achieve their vision for a statement building.The use of 3D CAD design models and past knowledge of product development will give the confidence to the lead designer that their vision will be followed as close as possible throughout the whole build.

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What is the difference between a Shire and a Traditional?

Even though both tiles are made from the same clay and sand and in the same factory, the Keymer Shire tile has a wave nib, which allows them to be made quicker. This allows them to be more competitively priced and makes them popular with Developers and House Builders. The Keymer Traditional, is the quintessential British Plain tile, that has the familiar two-pronged nibs on the rear. Established over hundreds of years, this tile is associated with our finest historic properties.

Why are Traditional tiles more expensive than Shire tiles?

This is due to the more intensive nature of production. Typically we can make 1600 Keymer shire tiles in the same amount of time it takes to make 1200 Keymer traditional tiles – this is an increase of around 33%. This production difference has a direct correlation on pricing.

Do I use the same ridge, bonnets and valleys for Traditional, Shires and Peg tiles?

Yes, the fittings are made from the same clay source and sand, so they are perfect fit to the Keymer tiles.

Why are Goxhill Tiles different?

Goxhill tiles are hand-made from Alluvial clay. This clay is more dense than the Weald clay, so gives a slightly more regular colour and profile than a Keymer Shire or Traditional tile. It is just like making a cake – different ingredients, but the result is still a premium handmade tile.