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Inlaid Floor Tile, Battle Abbey

Late 13th or early 14th century

English Heritage

English Heritage
United Kingdom

This tile, found near reredorter, was probably from the abbey church but similar tiles would have been used in other buildings. It depicts Adam and Eve beneath a canopy and foliage.

Two-colour, inlaid floor tiles were widely used in high-status medieval buildings. They were produced using clay of two different colours. The main body of the tile is red clay, into which a pattern has been stamped using a wooden block. White clay slip was then poured into the impression and the whole tile glazed. Using this method makes the pattern durable because the tile has to be worn down considerably before the background is revealed.

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