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.)… Continue reading Gainsborough Old Hall was built in 1460…therefore it HAS to be Tudor….!
This piece, by Marc Morris in History Extra, describes the events that followed the previous usurpation from France. A lot more violent, indeed, than the early reign of the first “Tudor”, although his son and grandchildren changed that …
This enterprise by Historic England was drawn to my attention by an item on the BBC News channel. It certainly set me thinking. Just what place or thing would I nominate to represent the heritage of our land? So, I ask the same of you. Where or what will YOU choose?
I could not find an illustration of the actual original royal barge house (except that drawn in the map below) but above is an illustration of a grand barge house used by the City of London in Lambeth. The King’s Barge House may have been very similar. The King’s Barge House was halfway between… Continue reading The King’s Barge House on the Thames in Southwark….
(following this post about mediaeval London and this one that refers to the fire) Nonsuch House was a “wildly eccentric, gaudily painted, meticulously carved Renaissance palace…the jewel in the crown of London Bridge. Made entirely from wood it was prefabricated in Holland and erected in 1577-79, replacing the medieval drawbridge gate. At four storeys it… Continue reading 400 buildings were lost in the Great Fire of London….
I love it when I’m browsing the net and happen upon something that is interesting, well illustrated…and concerns the House of York. Here is just one such site, which covers not only Yorkist England, but some possessions across the Channel.
If you have not seen the BBC documentary series “Secrets of the Castle”, please give it a whirl. It is about a 20-year project in Burgundy to build/rebuild a medieval castle, using all the materials and skills that would have been available to the original castle-builders. It is being repeated on the Yesterday channel at… Continue reading How to build a medieval castle….
It’s the old, old story again – while looking for one thing, I came upon something else. A Google search turned up a detailed plan of Eltham Palace. I followed the link, and came to a Pinterest page (Traveling Ruygt) with links to other pages, all concerning palaces, castles, etc. from our period of interest.… Continue reading How one mediaeval thing leads to another….
A mediaeval inn seems to have been discovered in Brentwood, by the Colchester Archaelogical Trust, whilst preparing to develop a new coffee shop. Then again, it could be older still: http://www.brentwoodweeklynews.co.uk/news/14676782.Medieval_Inn_discovered_beneath_Brentwood_High_Street_during_Costa_Coffee_archeaological_dig/
http://royalcentral.co.uk/…/a-staircase-with-a-royal-history… Quote from the above link: “Today, the inner courtyard fronts of the Talbot Hotel – which has a sign bearing the year 1626 – is proudly erected from the stone of Fotheringhay Castle itself. Among other features in the hotel are the mullion windows, said also to come from the Castle and also that… Continue reading Did Richard once use this staircase….?