Ken Townsend
photo © Terry Hulf


The Humorous World of


Tiles, c.1963-on

All the tiles were purchased, and produced by Ken independently and not by Iden Pottery (run by Dennis, Ken's brother), which appears to be a popular myth.

Tile Markings/Backstamps/Labels

Virtually all of the tiles featured Ken's backstamp, but there are odd occurrences where this is not apparent. Two styles of backstamp can be seen – the circular style stamped straight onto the back of the tile, and a long legend which was invariably used when a cork or fibre backing was used.

Pilkington Tiles mark

Below: Typical embossed marks found on tiles. Carter Tiles was the parent company of Carter Stabler Adams & Co., which was best known as the forerunner for Poole Pottery. Pilkington Tiles took over Carter Tiles, so tiles with this mark could be later editions. Some tiles have been noted with an embossed P + C

Pilkington Tiles mark

Best of British label

The 'Best of British' label signifies an outlet selling the Kenneth Townsend tiles.

The British Museum can be found in this street, and the premises are now occupied by a firm of solicitors.


Scenes of London

Kenneth Townsend Price List
Above: A 1979 price list showing the four styles of tiles that were available

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