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Ridge tile: GL.C.69-1928

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Production: Unknown (Probably)




Red earthenware, coated with white slip under mottled greenish-yellow lead-glaze, with modelled and applied decoration in high relief on the finial. Of inverted V-shaped section with at one end a finial in the form of a globe, with a crown on the top and the middle two cherubs, a griffin, and a fourth ornament (missing).


History note: From the Manor House at Ilfracombe, built in 1561. Rennie Manderson, Bull Hill, Pilton, Barnstaple, North Devon, from whom purchased on 2 December 1924, for £10 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge. The tile arrived in Cambridge on 13 December 1924.

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 37.4 cm
Length: 48.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Barnstaple ⪼ Devon ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE


One of two tiles which came frrom the Manor House at Ilfracombe, built in 1561, now demolished. The other is in the British Museum.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: GL.C.69-1928
Primary reference Number: 77098
Glaisher MS Catalogue: 4480
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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