Well, if Richard III was entertained there, Gainsborough Old Hall can’t have always been Tudor! This article even says as much in a heading: “….Lincolnshire house, built in 1460, has been a theatre, preaching house, pub and masonic temple….” Excuse me, but 1460 was Plantagenet, not Tudor. Maybe it’s a Guardian error. (Perish the thought.)
The article then goes on to say:
“….The hall was built in 1460 for Sir Thomas Burgh, a political climber and survivor who wanted a spectacular family home that would reflect his status.
“….All that he created is more or less still there, a Tudor relic almost hiding in plain sight in the middle of the Lincolnshire market town….”
So, a Tudor relic from 1460. Check your dates, Guardian.
The fact is that anything half-timbered is labelled Tudor, when in fact such buildings and styles had been around for a long time before HVII’s family left the homestead in Anglesey to mix with the nobs and become a plague upon England. Henry VII must have at least one fan, I suppose, but I’ll bet that fan likes to refer to him as Renaissance. Oh no. Henry was medieval, pure and simple. Well, maybe not pure…. And the Renaissance is welcome to Henry VIII, et al.
Why can’t Tudorists accept that most things accorded to the Tudors actually began under the Plantagenets. Night didn’t suddenly descend at Bosworth on 22nd August 1485, and a glorious new dawn commence, with a dazzling shaft of sunlight beaming down frm the heavens to illuminate cherubic Henry Tudor. Richard III was fast becoming a Renaissance monarch when he was sliced down that awful day at Bosworth, murdered by Tudor’s henchmen in an act of treachery that left even Henry Tudor himself jittery ever afterward. If they could do it once, well, they could do it again. Serves him right.
Anyway, I digress from beautiful Gainsborough Old Hall, which has returned to the English Heritage fold and will reopen on Saturday, 3rd July. This magnificent 15th-century house is well worth a visit.