Designs for ornamental roof tiles

Designs for ornamental roof tiles

Design for ornamental roof ridge tiles
Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel (1887-1959)
About 1930
Pen on tracing paper
RIBA No. PB371/66 (1)
RIBA Library Drawings Collection

The ridge of a roof needs to be waterproofed, using lead or ridge tiles. The decorative terracotta ridge tiles shown here have different vertical crests, including the 4 hole hexagonal crest, the cockscomb crest and the Trefoil crest. These crests first became popular in the Victorian era.

The architect Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects from 1937-1939, was described as having 'the most complete and detailed knowledge of English 19th Century architecture of anyone of his time'.