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by Mandy Barrow

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Tudor Homes of the Rich

The rich lived in country mansions which were often designed to a symmetrical plan - E and H shapes were popular.


Barrington Court, Somerset
A grand E-shaped house.

Wealthy Tudor homes needed many rooms where large number of guests and servants could be accommodated, fed and entertained.

Wealth was demonstrated by the extensive use of glass, hugely expensive luxury at the time. Glass was a fashionable novelty and became a status symbol. 'Look at me, I must be rich because my house has lots of glass'.

Windows became the main features on many Tudor houses belonging to wealthy people.

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall, the great Elizabethan mansion in Derbyshire with huge windows on all sides, was laughed at the time for being 'more glass than walls'.

The materials used to build Tudor Houses depended upon the wealth of their owners. Rich houses were often made from brick or stone and tiles.

Stone was very expensive and could only be offered by the very rich. Castles and churches were always built of stone.

Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire

Kirby Hall is an outstanding example of a large, stone-built Elizabethan mansion. It was built between 1550 - 1575, in the hope of receiving the Queen on her annual ‘progresses’ around the country.

Kirby Hall

Bricks were another 'must have' building material of the day. Handmade, expensive and thinner than modern brickers, only the richest households could afford this relatively new building material.

A dazzling example of Tudor brickwork can be seen at Hampton Court Palace, in Surrey.

Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace, on the north bank of the River Thames, was built by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey between 1515 and 1530.

King Henry VIII used Hampton Court as his own residence and began adding to it.

The Wealden house

Wealthy farmers and landowners lived in houses like the one on the left. They had servants to look after them.

These houses can still be seen all over the south east of England.

 

Contents
Introduction to Tudor Houses Tudor Windows
What were Tudor houses made from? Tudor Chimneys
Characteristics of Tudor Houses Old or New?
Roofs of Tudor Houses Wealthy Tudor Homes
The Jetty Colourful Tudor Houses
 
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