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Report - Swallows Tiles cranleigh 26/12/2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by organic airbag, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. organic airbag

    organic airbag 28DL Full Member
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    After deciding that one whole day at home with my parents was more than enough i decided to pay a visit to swallows tiles a place i had been meaning to visit for some time,

    "The company was founded on the present site at Bookhurst Hill, Cranleigh in around 1894, although production was commenced on an adjacent site in 1860.

    Originally the company produced only bricks and clay pots which were not only used locally, but transported by canal to London. The founder, Raymond Swallow, was persuaded to manufacture roof tiles by a neighbouring building contractor and so the foundations were laid for a thriving local business supplying the immediate area with the hand-made tiles, which form such a significant component of the local architecture.
    The company thrived throughout the 20th century and the management passed from one generation of the Swallow family to the next. During this period tiles were supplied to not only the immediate region but also much further afield. the business closed on 30th April 2008 and the site lay dorment since.

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  2. flatroofrepairlondon

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    This has to be one of the last new roofs with swallow tiles i picked them up myself from the factory, what a shame the best roof tile i ever worked with i can't stand these modern equivalents. Is nothing sacred anymore of for the love of productivity..

    www.flatroofrepairlondon.com

    Go to the hand made tile page i still have the original photos.

    Gary
     
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