Category Archives: Tudor

Posted on 01 January, 2016


Tudor Half Timber Dollhouse -“A River Runs Through It” is the caption on Gerry Welch Manorcraft Dolls Houses

The Tudor Period (1485-1603)

When thinking about Tudor home exteriors, keep in mind that Tudor architecture is an outgrowth of Medieval design, where the nobility and upper classes lived in fortified castles: crenelated battlements and moats. They were huge uncomfortable places in which to live. Peace settled on the land with the end of the Wars of the Roses in 1485. The Tudors came to power and castles became passé; the aristocracy “downsized” to manor houses. Even though many were as large as the fortresses they replaced, the manor house was built to comfort the gentry, not repel invaders.


Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: dollhouses, Tudor

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Posted on 25 August, 2015


Great hall in Maria’s Tudor Rose Apothecary, one of Kevin Jackson’s dolls houses.

Tudor Great Halls

Tudor Great Halls had undergone dramatic change after Henry Tudor ascended the throne as Henry VII in 1485. During medieval times it had been the most important room in the castle, where the Lord received hordes of supporters and where feasts were held for special days. In many castles, all the members of the household sat down to eat at tables set up for every meal.

The Tudor’s brought a period of peace and prosperity to England. The aristocracy no longer had to live in castles, where fortifications were more important than comfortable living conditions. The manor house was born, and over time, the Tudor Great Hall became obsolete.


Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: dollhouses, hall, room boxes, Tudor

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Posted on 06 August, 2015

tudor bathing habits

The Queen’s Bath at Leeds Castle in Kent. Henry VIII made this castle his principal home when he married Katherine of Aragon – wife #1.

Tudor Bathing Habits

The Tudors gave us the first room devoted to bathing, even the first indoor plumbing since the Romans. The Tudor version included hot water. But that comes at the end of the Tudor era and was affordable only by the very rich.


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Categories: bathroom, Tudor

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Posted on 05 July, 2015


Tudor History:- Pudding Lane – 1665

Pudding Lane – Tudor History

The description of  Pudding Lane almost got out of my interest in Tudor miniatures. My research did turn up what I think is a must-see video for anyone working on a 17th century project. The video was made by Pudding Lane Productions, a group of second-year students at De Montfort University, Leister, UK. They used state-of-the-art video game software to reference historic maps in the British Library to create an incredible representation of London before the fire that destroyed the central part of the city in September 1666.

They won the 2013 Off The Map competition at Gamecity, an annual event, in Nottingham, UK.

Unless you are a history buff like me, you may have a misconception as to the type of shopkeepers in Pudding Lane. They were butchers, and the carts that hauled away the entrails were not tightly sealed. Bits and pieces would fall to the cobbles to be kneaded stirred by traffic to a slurry, making them … slippery.

Sorry, maybe that’s more history than you needed.


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