Information on Tudor Houses

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Information on Tudor Houses
Most original Tudor houses have at least two stories. (Tudor architecture image by Sean Gladwell from Fotolia.com)

Tudor houses acquired their name from England's 16th-century ruling family. According to the BBC, there are many original Tudor homes throughout the United Kingdom, particularly in southern England.

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History

Tudor houses originated in England during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Tudor architecture introduced enclosed fireplaces and enlarged upper floors, abandoning the open-hall design of its Gothic predecessor. Tudor architecture was followed by the brief and ornate Baroque period before simplistic Georgian architecture became the norm during the 18th century.

Identification

Exposed dark wooden frames, tall chimneys and plaster or wattle and daub exterior walls identify Tudor homes. Tudor houses also have steep roofs and tall narrow windows. The low, broad Tudor arch is common in larger homes as is the use of brick in place of plaster.

Revival

The 19th and early 20th centuries witnessed a revival of Tudor-style homes. Most homes from this period include mock-wood timbers that were not actually a part of the original frame. Many Tudor revival houses combined several types of architecture from different periods

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