The Style of Tudor HouseMay 15, 2021
The Tudor House is a fantastic example of late Medieval and Early Modern architecture. Situated in the perfect position on the River Clogne, it is one of the more impressive examples of Tudor architecture that you are likely to come across. This article will describe the building and reveal some information about its architect, as well as the surrounding area.
The design of the Tudor House refers to both the local architectural style of the times and to the style adopted by the Royal Court in Elizabethan times. The basic building block of any good example of the tudor style of architecture is the use of steeply pitched roofs. These are to be used to allow the maximum amount of sunlight to pass through the building, whilst keeping rain and cold temperatures at bay. The steep pitch also helps to maintain a strong structure, with the large number of long and wide gable roofs aiding this. It is interesting to note that the steeply pitched roofs of many of the Tudor houses are almost consciously designed to allow them to accommodate the largest number of suns and to keep the heat where it belongs, in the attic.
The tudor style buildings of the later periods are often accompanied by slate roofs, which were massively produced and available to all craftsmen in those days, as well as a widespread use of lime for the walls. The most famous among these buildings is undoubtedly the great house of Tudor, which still stands today, attracting a huge amount of visitors each year. This is probably the largest example of tudor style architecture in the world, and was begun in the fifteenth century by the then Prince of Wales. Other notable tudor houses include the stately Tudor manor of Quesnel and the much less grand but equally impressive St. Mary’s Palace in Bath. As well as the aforementioned examples, other prominent tudor buildings include the lighthouse tower of Arundel, the great manor of Beleswater and the church of St. Mary at Paddington.
One of the most distinctive features of tudor architecture is its emphasis on large, grand, vaulted roofs, known as ‘long chimneys’. These are designed to allow plenty of light into the building, but to keep the heat inside the building. The longest such chimney in the world can be found in the church of St. Mary at Paddington, which extends over three hundred and fifty feet from the ground and boasts over one hundred and twenty four large, vaulted, skylights. Other very famous examples of long chimneys include the great manor of Tudor House in North London, the great mansion of Chartres and, in all probability, the highest skylight in the world, that of the Grand Vase Building in Leeds.
Tudor houses often use thatched roofs. These are constructed from straw, grass or oat threads, and are secured to the roof using simple lath systems and wooden fixings. The roofs are then girded with either strips of wooden planks or with horizontally placed blocks of stone. Other tudor houses, such as those in Bournemouth and Cheriton, do not use thatched roofs, instead opting for slatted roofs (often made of clay). The difference is that the slatted roofing system allows rain water to run off more easily, thus reducing the damage caused by damp.
Tudor architecture was brought back into fashion during the later Victorian era, when architects started to use stucco to make their buildings more attractive and at the same time more durable. It is thought that the original tudor style was begun in the reign of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, although it is not clear exactly when she introduced the design. Regardless, tudor revivals gained in popularity and were used mainly for domestic purposes. They soon became popular in other countries, including those in North America, Australia and South Africa, where they were often used to improve steeply pitched homes.