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Parker-Hore

The Parker-Hore Archive Collection of Watercolours of Paving-tiles
held in Worcester and in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

 

The study of architectural ceramics

 

Inscriptions

An imperfect and curiously arranged alphabetDuring the Middle Ages very few people could write or read. Lettering may therefore have held a fascination for designers, tilers and their patrons. Tiles with initials, and alphabet tiles were popular. Occasionally the maker of a tile signed his name as did textile workers. The tile was made by Richard `Ricard me Fecit' - `Richard made me'Many inscriptions were illegible but most writing took place in monasteries and the monks may have helped design the legible inscriptions in latin used by the tilers.

Left: An imperfect and curiously arranged alphabet
Right: The tile was made by Richard `Ricard me Fecit' - `Richard made me'
     
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Copyright of this digital resource will be held jointly by
the Ashmolean Museum, Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery and by the Worcestershire Archaeological Society.
Copyright of the original drawings is held by
the Ashmolean Museum and by the Worcestershire Archaeological Society respectively.

last updated: jcm/7-jun-2004

 
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