The Tudors created the distinctive Black and White half-timbered houses which are recognised as one of the characteristics of Middle Class architecture. The style of the Tudors Architecture had shifted from the pointed, ornate Gothic style of architecture to the plainer Renaissance style, which was symmetrical. The symmetrical lines was displayed in the architecture of houses, palaces and buildings which were built during the period. The emphasis was placed on a horizontal rather than vertical line. Coastal Forts and Palaces built during the Tudors dynasty during the Renaissance period replaced the castles of the Medieval era. Tastes turned from the practical to luxury and the rich favoured such innovations as marble floors instead of the rushes used as floor coverings during the early Tudor period. Read about the architecture of the great 15th and 16th century houses in this section.
The most distinctive style of the majority of 15th and 16th century houses were built in the black and white half-timbered style of architecture. Read about the main features of the houses including Thatched roofs, Overhanging first floors called galleries and the ornate chimneys.
Tudor Architecture - Hampton Court
In 1529 King Henry VIII 'acquired' Hampton Court palace from Cardinal Wolsey and began a process of rebuilding. Features of Hampton Court include the distinctive red bricks, chimneys and gatehouses of Hampton Court. Learn about the style, design and layout of Hampton Court.
Tudor Architecture - Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall was built by the Countess of Shrewsbury, known as Bess of Hardwick. History, facts and interesting information about the Windows in Hardwick Hall and the process used for making glass.
Architecture - Coastal Forts
The population was threatened by invasion from foreign powers rather than subject to internal strife. Coastal forts were built facing the possible enemies from the sea.
Architecture - Villages
Read about the self-sufficiency of 15th and 16th century villages and how the Tudors entertained themselves in the villages.
Tudor Architecture - Inns
The Role of Inns in the emergence of the theatre. What typical 15th and 16th century inns looked like and details of the balconies, rooms and courtyard.
Architecture - Manor House
The 15th and 16th century Manor House was designed with quaint gables, small mullioned windows and an array of twisted red-brick chimneys in various designs.
TArchitecture - Tudor Hall
The Great Hall was the focal point of all activities in all the sumptuous 15th and 16th century palaces and great houses. Learn about the 15th and 16th century Great Hall Dining and entertainment
Tudor Architecture - Tudor Mansions
Mansions were built primarily as luxurious residences of the wealthy. The introduction of brick built buildings.
Architecture - Tudor Furniture
History, facts and interesting information about Four Poster Beds, Chairs, tables and Chests.
Architecture - Tudor Kitchens
15th and 16th century kitchens had to sustain the requirements of the rich Tudors and their lavish banquets and feasts. This section details the size , number and functions of the suite of rooms which together made the great Tudor kitchens.
Architecture - Tudor Castles
The age of the Tudors saw the decline of the highly defensive British Castles - comfort was the key as opposed to defence.
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