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Book: The Loyalist Tiles of St. Alban's

The tiles of St. Alban the Martyr United Empire Loyalist Memorial Church, Adolphustown, Ontario are a valuable community resource of both artistic and historic merit. With the help of a generous Trillium grant, Diane Berlet and Graem Coles have published a book entitled The Loyalist Tiles of St. Alban's: Encaustic Memorial Tiles of the 19th Century, which includes biographies of all sixty-four ‘Tile People,’ a full-page photo of each tile, and more on the history of St. Alban's and the tiles themselves.

This 154 page book with more than 80 coloured photographs includes:

  • The story of how this lovely neo-gothic, stone church, dedicated to United Empire Loyalists, came to be built in 1884 in the small farming community of Adolphustown.
  • A description of the process used in the manufacture of the sixty-four encaustic (in-laid clay) Loyalist memorial tiles that encircle the interior of the church. These unique tiles were made in the Minton family pottery works in Stoke-on-Trent, U.K.
  • Coloured photos of the sixty-four tiles, each accompanied by a well-researched biography of the individual memorialized (click here for list of biographies). Cost - $50.00 per book (plus $10 shipping & handling).
  • Coloured illustrations of Christian symbols and other details found on the tiles of both the 13th Century Westminster Abbey Chapter House floor and those on the walls of St. Alban's for comparison.

The cost of the book is $50 and the cheque can be made payable to the Historic Tile and Book Association. All proceeds of sales will be devoted to the preservation and promotion of the tiles.

To order a copy of the book, contact Diane Berlet by email at dianeberlet4@aol.com or by telephone at 613-373-8865.