Thursday - 11 February 2016

Godwin tiles for sale as church undergoes restoration

21 July 2008Written by ATG Reporter

HUNDREDS of Victorian gothic revival floor tiles removed as part of a £2m renovation of the church of St John Baptist, Cirencester, will be sold by Moore Allen & Innocent on Friday, July 25.

The encaustic terracotta tiles, by William Godwin & Sons of Hereford, date from the last major restoration of the parish church under Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1865-67.

The church authorities now deem limestone flags more in keeping with the building that will also be fitted with an under-floor heating system.

The tiles - removed from the nave and the north and south aisles (but remaining in the chancel) - will be sold commission-free at the Norcote salerooms. There are up to 800, 4in (10.5cm) square, plain terracotta tiles and 60 each in four designs: a single lion, three lions, a chequered shield and a shield with six crosses.

Each of the patterned tiles is expected to achieve up to £10 for the restoration fund.

By Roland Arkell

Antiques Trade Gazette is the weekly bible of the fine art and antiques industry. Read articles like this every week in the Antiques Trade Gazette or ATG app. Click here to subscribe today.

Written by

ATG Reporter

Back to top