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TUDOR 1485 - 1603

Tudor buildings can be identified from typical features illustrated in these listed buildings

Use this glossary from the 'Looking at Buildings' website to check the meanings of unfamiliar words.

During the Tudor period many small homes and large country houses were built. Exposed timber framing was still the norm in those areas without easily available building stone. The use of brick increased and windows became larger. After the end of the Wars of the Roses defence was no longer as important and emphasis was increasingly put on domestic comfort and displaying of wealth through architecture.

IoE number 276673 © Mr Bob Cottrell ARPS AFIAP DPAGB

Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk fifteenth/sixteenth century

Church built by the wealthy wool merchants of Lavenham.

Features include; richly ornamented; very high tower; castellated parapets; Perpendicular windows

IOE number 376665, © Mr John Brookes

Berkeley Arms, Church Street, Tewkesbury, late fifteenth/early sixteenth century

A town centre building, originally a warehouse. The overhanging jetty was more common early in the period especially in towns.

Features include; timber framing to the upper stories with plaster panels between; casement windows on top floor divided by mullions [dividing bars]; continuous row of casement windows below; both are leaded; top floor jetty; ground floor area beneath jetty has been filled in.

IOE number 036711 , © Mr Nigel Ward LRPS

Bunyan's Mead, High Street, Elstow, Bedfordshire, sixteenth century

A pair of cottages showing increased use of brick, in this example used on the gable end to fill in between the timbers instead of wattle and daub.

Features include; timber framing with plaster infill on the front and brick on the side; casement [side opening] windows; two stories throughout.

IOE number 429664, © Ms Julie Woodhouse LRPS

Snitterton Manor farmhouse, South Darley, Derbyshire, sixteenth century

Part of a manor house, the wing on the right hand side is a later addition. Building in stone became more common, particularly where wood was scarce.

Features include; rubble stone; mullioned windows; large chimney stack; local stone slabbed roof; decorative drip moulds above windows.

IOE number 338057, © Mr Alan V Whetton LRPS

Micklethwaite, Victoria Street, Bingley, West Yorkshire, late sixteenth/early seventeenth century

Manor house in dressed stone with prominent windows.

Features include; dressed stone; leaded, mullioned windows, those on the top floor are arched; raised parapet on gable end.

IOE number 040013 © Ms Mary Auckland ARPS


Bottom Lane, Sulhamstead, Berkshire, late sixteenth/early seventeenth century.

A timber framed yeoman's house with an H shaped plan.

Features include; timber frame with brick infilling; large chimney stack with separate shafts[on left]; mullion windows; gables.


IOE number 057029 © Mr Howard W Hilton LRPS

Moss Hall, Audlem, Cheshire, early seventeenth century

An example of an impressive gentleman's house which has been very little altered.

Features include; half timbered; design based on the letter E with the 2 outer wings and the central porch section making the shape; large brick chimneys with several tall cylindrical chimney pots; gables; excessive use of timber for decoration.

Please note Teachers are advised that not all listed buildings are open to the public and that if you or your students wish to focus on a private building issues of privacy and access must be considered.

Visit the Weald and Downland Museum website for further information about Tudor buildings.


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