Five Tudor houses
From Henry VII to Elizabeth I, the Tudor monarchs presided over one of England's defining eras. Here's our guide to some of the greatest houses of the period.
In the woods above the River Tamar nestles Cotehele, rewarded to Sir Richard Edgcumbe for his loyalty to Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth, it became the Edgcumbe's second home and was adorned with tapestries, textiles, arms and armour, pewter, old oak furniture and an ancient clock with no face.
It remained largely untouched and as a result the original hall, kitchen and chapel remain relatively intact and adorned with tapestries, textiles, arms and armour, pewter, old oak furniture and an ancient clock with no face. The gardens are as impressive as the interiors, with traditionally planted terraces, a medieval stewpond and a new orchard featuring local varieties of apple.
Burghley, near Stamford in Lincolnshire, has been the home of the Cecil Family for over 400 years and is one of England's greatest Elizabethan houses. It is home to many great works of art, including a significant collection of 17th-century Italian paintings, exceptional 18th-century furniture, and one of the earliest Western collections of Japanese ceramics.
Known as the 'Hampton Court Palace of the North', Temple Newsam was the birthplace of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots. Sited on the outskirts of Leeds on ground once owned by the Knights Templar, it lies in 1,500 acres of parkland landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and houses some of the country's most comprehensive collections of art and craft outside London are displayed over 40 interiors. The house captures over 500 years of history which is brought to life by telling the stories of the people who lived and worked there, through digital art, music, theatre and fine art.
Hellens Manor is a living monument to England's history, home to artefacts associated with the Tudor dynasty and featuring gardens redeveloped along Tudor and Jacobean lines. Built as a monastery at the end of the 13th century and developed extensively in the Tudor era, Hellens is famed for its supposedly haunted room prepared for Mary Tudor and her tutor Fetherstone.
Don't be fooled by the Victorian decoration on the exterior of this building, the stucco hides from view a red brick house dating back to the Tudor times. Robert Lytton, a friend of Henry VII, purchased the Knebworth estate in 1490 in order to be closer to the royal court in London. Built in 1563, the house is still lived in by the Lytton family, and these days the surrounding grounds of Knebworth Park are more famous for rock concerts and music festivals.
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