The world-famous Beamish Museum in County Durham now offers visitors a taste of the past from a coal-fired fish-and-chip shop. The latest addition to the museum’s Pit Village is Davy’s Fried Fish Shop, which was tiled with the help of BAL adhesives and grouts. The shop, the star of an hour-long BBC2 documentary during April 2012, is a recreation of an Edwardian shop showing how the takeaway trade developed from Victorian times. The tiling work was short-listed in two categories of The Tile Association Awards 2012.
The shop floor is tiled, with reclaimed Ruabon Quarries tiles, and its walls decorated with striking ceramic tiles, many of them originally made by Glasgow’s Duncan & Son and collected in 1979 from Cowes Fish and Game Shop in Berwick upon Tweed. Other contemporary tiles were reclaimed from a number of sources, with a few new tiles fabricated to match.
The tiling was carried out by John Foley and Son (Tilers) Ltd., based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, using BAL Stone and Tile PTB and BAL Single Part Flexible with BAL Superflex grout. As one of the most respected independently owned contractors in the North East, Foley has more than five decades’ experience of tiling everything from a domestic bathroom to a shopping arcade.
Nick Foley, Director, said: “The actual area to be tiled was relatively small, at 120 m2, but it is on permanent public display and everything had to be perfect. We consulted BAL throughout, having always found that their expertise is both unmatched technically and delivered with complete impartiality. The informal advice given, both by telephone and in person during visits to the site, was complemented by a full formal M40 specification, provided without cost as always.”
“The people at Beamish care about providing an authentic experience for visitors and places strong emphasis on getting things right. The tiling in Davy’s looks absolutely perfect and I know that they are delighted with the standard of the workmanship and reassured that the very best materials were used.”
Beamish Museum is open throughout the year and is served by regular bus services from Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland.