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Tudor Architecture

Types of Tudor architecture which consisted of most of the stately homes during the Georgian era

We use the term "Tudor" for any home stretching across nearly two centuries since this was, after all, the Tudor reign. But tastes changed, and so did the houses. Interestingly although Jacobean architecture isn't technically Tudor, the style and terminology is often used interchangeably with Elizabethan architecture.

While Georgian architecture was on the rise with many of the Tudor homes being renovated with new Georgian-styled façade, the majority of homes our heroes and heroines lived in would have been of Tudor design or originally of Tudor design prior to renovation.

The three main styles we consider to be of Tudor architecture are:

  • Tudor Gothic (the early period, carrying over from Medieval era)

  • Elizabethan (the latter half of the Tudor era)

  • Jacobean (the short interlude before we reach the Baroque era of architecture, which carries over much of the Elizabethan design)

In short, the early Tudor Gothic is identified by the timber-framed homes with their white wattle-and-daub walls.

As we move forward, we reach Elizabethan Tudor, which is identified by heavy brick work, tall and mullioned windows, and E or H shaped houses.

Jacobean turns the Elizabethan design into a palace with an emphasis on soaring, sprawling, and gaudy, almost castle-like in façade.

The design between upper class and lower class houses during this time are distinct. Upper classes tended towards Elizabethan designs, decorating inside with tapestries, long galleries, stained glass, etc. Lower classes tended towards the Tudor Gothic style with either a pitched or thatched roof, small diamond-shaped & leaded windows, inside featuring a great hall the multi-purpose space. The poorest tended towards one-room huts of cob or wattle-and-daub with timber frame.

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