Attaching old tiles with no nibs

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Our 100-year-old tiled roof has no underfelt and a few tiles are starting to slip, so I guess it's time to re-roof with new breathable felt and battens, using as many original tiles as possible to avoid losing its character.
The old tiles seem generally sound; they have two holes, but they have no nibs on the back. It's hard to see how they are attached by looking from inside the loft, or even take a photo, as a flat roof extension makes access very difficult - but from a distance it almost looks as if they are attached by something like split pins, though I may be completely wrong.
Could someone please explain exactly how plain tiles were normally fixed in place at that time?
Will a roofer need to alter his technique in any way to comply with current building regs for ventilation and so on?
Many thanks for your advice,
Alec.
 
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They are peg tiles.
They used to hang on split wooden pegs. These often fell out over time . These days we tend to used aluminium or copper or less often stainless steel. Just pop one in the hole and hang .
Courses can be nailed bit will require two nails
 
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Thanks - that's really helpful. I'll make sure the roofer uses the right material here. As you say, nailing each tile is another solution but - as the tiles are not automatically located by the nibs - I can imagine the visual effect could be a little uneven unless he's a real perfectionist and uses a temporary strip below them.
 
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PXL_20211116_110412814.jpg Peg tiles are by nature uneven.
They are not meant to look like machine made tiles.
We currently have a church project underway, I'll take and post a few images that might be useful .
 
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Yes, please do - that would be really helpful. It's a pity Ringwood is so far from Midhurst...
Many thanks, Alec.
 
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Ringwood, is office address.

We are new forest based but not confined to it.
We've done plenty not far from you .
Boxgrove priory church is one of ours (peg tiles too )Arundel Cathedral ..slate
 

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