Norfolk Pamments

 

We are very pleased to have been asked by the owners of Coggeshall Abbey to provide pamments for a restoration project currently being undertaken. Although this wonderful historic building has some 'modern' Tudor additions from the 16th century, parts of the original building date back to 1160. Please click on the image to be taken to the Abbey website.

Norfolk Pamments are traditional terra cotta floor tiles, hand made from regional clays. Pamment (or pammet) is a local word, though becoming increasingly known outside East Anglia. Widely used for barn, house and cottage renovations and in conservatories and patios, pamments are also to be found in churches, pubs and sites of historic interest. They are suitable for use outdoors as well as indoors and are ideal with underfloor heating, having excellent thermal retention qualities. They have been specified by many of the bodies involved in protecting England's heritage, including County Councils, English Heritage and the National Trust. Norwich Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, Magdalene College in Cambridge, the registry office in Thetford and Binham Priory are among the many places where our pamments are found. There is also a growing trade in "exports" to other parts of England. Norfolk Pamments has been "Highly Commended" by the Norfolk branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England in recognition of its contribution to the fabric of the county's buildings

The different clays used help to create the full range of traditional colours from red, to pink to buff/white. Regional clays include the Gault clay used in the manufacture of the 'white' brick. Most pamments are a mixture of clays, and being hand made each has an individual character and colour. All traditional sizes are made, including floor bricks and 12"x12"s. Due to the nature of the clays, the sizes quoted are nominal, and the finished sizes may vary a little - if you need an exact size, please tell us. Although we carry stock, pamments are often made specifically for a client, and this enables you to have a choice of colours and size.

 

terra cot·ta or ter·ra·cot·ta or ter·ra-cot·ta (tr-kt) n.
1a. A hard semifired ceramic clay used in pottery and building construction.
b. Ceramic wares made of this material.
2. A brownish orange.
[Italian : terra, earth (from Latin terra; see terrace) + cotta, baked, cooked (from Latin cocta, feminine past participle of coquere, to cook; see pekw- in Indo-European roots).]

ce·ram·ic (s-rmk) n.
1. Any of various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.
2.
a. An object, such as earthenware, porcelain, or tile, made of ceramic.
b. ceramics (used with a sing. verb) The art or technique of making objects of ceramic, especially from fired clay.
[From Greek keramikos, of pottery, from keramos, potter's clay; see ker-3 in Indo-European roots.]