Medieval Tile Pavements with Maureen Mellor

TACS Virtual Events 2021

A virtual springtime journey will explore decorative tile pavements in some of the parish churches and chapels of the south-west Chilterns (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire). These were focal points for community devotion and community business, with clay industries in their hinterlands. Some of the patrons, under whose influence these decorative schemes were created and installed, were the movers and shakers of fourteenth and fifteenth-century England.

Maureen Mellor is an archaeologist with a special interest in the material culture of interiors. She has over 30 years’ experience, working with the products of English and European clay industries in field archaeology and in museums. She teaches at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education. She regularly reviews books for the Society for Medieval Archaeology. She is author of Pots and Tiles of the Middle Ages, Paul Holberton, London, 2014. You can read more about Maureen and her publications here

Audit of Producers and Patrons: Late Medieval Decorative Paving Tiles in the South-West Chiltern Hills (PDF) 

The Parker-Hore Archive Collection of Watercolours of Paving-tiles
held in Worcester and in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford TileWeb: Paving-tile Watercolours Online (

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