One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of flat tile used in roofing.
- ‘These tiles would be interspersed with the slab-rolled tiles created and carved by students and staff, and some plain tiles to keep the tapered section they covered from being too visually overwhelming.’
- ‘Each of these blocks has a strongly individual character, and the interlaces, though cognate, do not link up, so that it is reasonable to assume that they were separated from each other by a grid of plain tiles or pieces of marble.’
- ‘Clay plain tiles should be used, walls should be rendered smoothly and no historic timber should be cut.’
- ‘In addition, I found that a few plain tiles had slipped from the roof-slope onto the flat roof areas and these allowed me to identify that the tiles were manufactured by Hawkins of Cannock from the markings on the underside of the tiles.’
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