Tudor

  • SWANLEY GRANGE, FOUNTAINS ABBEY, C.1500
  • SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, c.1590
  • THE GREAT BED OF WARE, VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, c.1590
  • ANCIENT HOUSE MUSEUM, THETFORD, NORFOLK, c.1601
  • STRANGERS' HALL, NORWICH, c.1590
  • TUDOR MERCHANT'S HOUSE, TENBY, PEMBROKESHIRE, c.1500

    A rare survivor of a late mediaeval West Wales town house, this National Trust property overlooks the harbour of the once-prosperous port of Tenby. Despite its small size, it is extremely popular with visitors. Following necessary structural repairs, we are recreating the interior in stages as funds become available.

    The first stage was the ground floor. The front room was dressed to evoke an early Tudor merchant's shop, displaying goods known to have been exported or imported via Tenby. This doubles as a ticket office and modern shop, whose merchandise includes replica items supplied by us. The green-painted 'counter-chest' doubles as a till (with concealed modern drawers at the back), and other replicas include woollen wall hangings and a painted cupboard, also internally adapted for modern use. We equipped the rear ground floor room as a fully working kitchen of c.1500, which is often used for school visits and cookery demonstrations.

    The second stage involved the recreation of the first floor hall. This includes full 'working' table settings for the high table and side tables and furniture replicating original pieces from early Tudor Wales (including a turned yew-wood chair). The wall-hangings striped in the Tudor livery colours of green and white reflect Tenby's particularly close associations with the Tudor family. So do painted cloths depicting Jasper Tudor's rebuilding of the town walls and his escape from Tenby, aided by local merchants, during the Wars of the Roses.

    As funds permit, we are currently working on the recreation of the house's second-floor bedchamber.

    (Photographs: Gareth Parry)

    For the National Trust (Wales), 2008--present.

    The Tudor Merchant's House is open to visitors :
    http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tudor-merchants-house/

  • OXWICH CASTLE, GLAMORGAN, c.1560
  • PLAS MAWR, CONWY, c.1586

TUDOR MERCHANT'S HOUSE, TENBY, PEMBROKESHIRE, c.1500

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