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Tudor Villages

  • Interesting Facts and information
  • Self-Sufficiency
  • Leisure time and entertainment
  • History, facts and interesting information about 15th and 16th century Villages

Tudor Villages

Tudor Villages
Typical Tudor villages consisted of various thatched cottages, a village church, school, inn, barns, stocks and pump. Many Tudor villages boasted a weekly market and the main market cross, the medieval High Cross, stood in the centre of the town. Tudor villages consisted of half - timbered buildings and were situated in rural England and surrounded by countryside and woodlands. The wool trade became increasingly popular during the 15th and 16th century period, which meant that land which had been farmed by peasants was now dedicated to rearing sheep. Although there was a move towards town life people who lived in a world of limited mobility people did not venture far away from their Tudor villages. The roads of 15th and 16th century England were very poor and every village was required to repair its own roads. Everyone knew everyone else in the Tudor villages and their were close family networks which provided a good support mechanism if people fell on to hard times.

Tudor Villages - Self-Sufficiency
Life in Tudor villages was pretty much self-sufficient. There was no reason for the average person to ever travel further than half a day's walk to the nearest market town. Money was is short supply so the people of the 15th and 16th century villages would barter to obtain their requirements, it was therefore unnecessary to take dangerous journeys amongst strange people. There were, however, local market fairs when trade was brisk to obtain items in short supply by the exchange of surplus provisions.

Leisure time in Tudor Villages
Tudor villages were quiet after sundown and evenings were spent in talk and games. On Sunday there was some free time. The people of the Tudor villages went to church in the morning, with time to gossip, play games and enjoy a few pints of ale after the service was over. The women of the Tudor villages worked communally at sewing or spinning whilst men bowled, played skittles or ball games. Many enjoyed board games like nine man's morris, chess or draughts (checkers).

Tudor Villages
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Tudor Villages

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Tudor Villages

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