A medieval tile industry once thrived in the small hamlet of Tyler Hill on the outskirts of Canterbury, although little evidence of it remains today. However, in 2013 a group of locals commenced an ambitious renovation project to turn their very tired and recently closed village pub into a venue that could provide so much more to the local community, and it was to be themed in celebration of the hamlet’s tile making past. The project group consulted within the community and have created a vision that reflects local needs. Their plan is to….
’create a successful pub with the ability to stand out from the crowd through exquisite design and attention to detail. We are aiming to provide a clean, comfortable & cosy environment to attract villagers away from their kitchens and sitting rooms. In addition there are plans in place to create a ‘shop’ selling essential items & local produce, a function room for private dining or meetings, a secure dog area, and a dedicated TV room’
However, in keeping with the celebration of the tile making past, the project’s most ambitious aim was to create a large fully functional wood burning fireplace and chimney, in representation of a Tyler’s Kiln, that could seat four separate parties surrounding it. This central focal point would be visible both inside and out, and it would be built using traditional materials and methods.
Building The Tylers's Kiln Chimney
The contract for this work was awarded to Kent Conservation and Restoration (KCR) who appointed the Georgian Brickwork team to build the chimney using Tudor bricks and lime mortar. The chimney is designed with detailing and features that reference the traditional chimneys of the past. It has a wide elliptical base with four fireplace openings. The circumference of the chimney reduces as it rises through the first and second floors then towers above the building’s roof line. Nowadays very few brick chimneys are built on this scale from scratch and the Georgian Brickwork team were delighted to have the opportunity to get involved. One of the biggest challenges for the team was to build new chimney through an existing roof. This required careful management and planning regarding the work schedule and scaffolding to enable the team to work without damaging the roof.
The Tyler's Kiln Chimney towers above the pub building