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Tudor Homes

During the Tudor period the city of London became very crowded, dirty and smelly. Houses were built very close together and did not have running water or drains; people used to go to the toilet in buckets and empty them into the street!

Houses were usually made of timber and wattle and daub, although people who could afford it used brick and tiles. The upper storeys of houses were bigger than the ground floor and would overhang.

The Tudor style of house has been popular ever since. If you see a house with black beams on white walls it is a Tudor style house. The one shown was not built in Tudor times; it was built in the 1930’s, so it is called a ‘mock Tudor’ house. In the Tudor period the beams would have been brown and the walls probably would not have been white as people did not paint them. Rather they would have been the colour of the local soil as that is what the daub was made from.

Glass was first used in houses at this time. It was very expensive and difficult to make big pieces of glass so the panes were tiny and held together with lead in a criss-cross pattern, or ‘lattice’. Windows were ‘casement’ windows, windows on a hinge that opened outwards.

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Detail of the lattice window at Sutton House, a Tudor house in Hackney.
Detail of the lattice window at Sutton House, a Tudor house in Hackney

IA 1930's 'mock Tudor' style house.
A 1930's 'mock Tudor' style house.
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