Roof tile manufacturer Sandtoft is helping builders appearing in a new Channel 4 TV series.
Starting this Thursday (January 20) ‘Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day’ brings together six craftsmen to experience what it would have been like to build a Roman villa in ancient times using only the most basic tools, materials and construction methods.
Sandtoft’s specialist heritage team has provided expert advice and training to the craftsmen, including how to make the traditional Tegula and Imbrex clay roof tiles by hand.
A total of 1474 Tegula tiles and 1206 Imbrex tiles in Natural Red have since been handmade at Sandtoft’s Broomfleet factory and will appear on the ‘Villa Urbana’ – a high status Roman town house.
Nigel Dyer, Sandtoft’s heritage manager said: “It’s been great to share our heritage expertise with the construction experts involved in this project. We hope that the programme will highlight the technical skill required to make these traditional tiles, including the trimming of the edges, which is done using a taught wire of a small bow.”
The villa has been built in Wroxeter, Shropshire, the fourth largest Roman city in Britain and will mark the 1600th anniversary of the Romans leaving Britain. It will be open to the public from February 19 2011.