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Pantiles on a roof in Crail, Fife
20–22 Marlborough Place, Brighton is roofed with pantiles.

A pantile is a type of fired roof tile, normally made from clay. It is S-shaped in appearance and is single lap, meaning that the end of the tile laps only the course immediately below. Flat tiles normally lap two courses.[1]

A pantile-covered roof is considerably lighter than a flat-tiled equivalent and can be laid to a lower pitch.[2]

Pantiles are used in eastern coastal parts of England and Scotland including Norfolk, Perthshire, Angus, Lothian and Fife, where they were first imported from Holland in the early 17th century.[1] They are rarely used in western England or western Scotland, except in the Somerset town of Bridgwater.[2]

Roofing pantiles are not to be confused with a type used for paving, after which the Georgian colonnade in Tunbridge Wells is named. Whilst called pantiles, the paving tiles which were installed there in 1699 were one-inch-thick square tiles made from heavy wealden clay, so-named as shaped in a wooden pan before firing.[3] The pantile paving in Tunbridge Wells was replaced with stone flag tiles in 1792.[citation needed]


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