TA0323 : Hoe Hill works, office building

taken 7 years ago, near to Barton-Upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Hoe Hill works, office building
Hoe Hill works, office building
Placed between the kilns (to the right) and the drying sheds (left), this apparently insignificant building is Listed Grade II. This recognises its importance in whole complex of the tile works as a remarkable example of a surviving traditional site. It would have housed the site foreman but would also have provided accommodation for the night shift looking after the firing of the kilns.
William Blyth Ltd Hoe Hill tile works
The Hoe Hill tileworks are an astonishing survivor of a traditional industrial site, still using essentially 19th century technology to produce a traditional product. In the 21st century the market is specifically within the realm of building conservation, where the traditionally created product matches the existing in a way that tiles produced by modern methods and machinery do not. In this respect, the fact that the firm failed to invest in modern technology when others were doing so has worked to its benefit.
The product is exclusively traditional roof tiles in a variety of shapes. The upper levels of the local clay beds are ideal for this purpose, the deeper levels being more suitable for brick making. After the clay has been prepared in the mill house to the correct consistency and water content, it is extruded using old machinery and the individual tiles left to dry on racks in the drying sheds until ready for firing. This takes place in two traditional downdraught kilns, which are still coal fired, although since the 1970s mechanical stokers have been used.
The firing takes about one week with a gradual build-up to maximum temperature and after a period of maximum heat a gradual cooling down period. The two kilns are generally used turn and turn about, with one being emptied and reloaded while the other is firing. After firing the tiles are ready for sale.
Most of the buildings on the site are of historic interest, with the majority now being listed buildings. These include the drying sheds, the former mill house (now no longer in use as such having been replaced by the one really modern building), one of the kilns and the older chimney, and the little office building. The latter, as well as providing accommodation for the site foreman, also provided a shelter for the night staff who had to look after the kilns when they were being fired.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Friday, 11 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 13 June, 2010
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Brick and tile works   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TA 0379 2341 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:41.8095N 0:25.7689W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TA 0382 2343
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