Famous Examples of Tudor Architecture

Commanding, steep roof-lines, ornately ostentatious chimneys, half timbering, cross bracing and tall glass windows denote Tudor architecture. Many famous examples of Tudor Architecture still exist today.

Compton Wynyates

Compton Wynyates is a splendid example of a noble Tudor country house. Located in Warwickshire, England and constructed in 1481 by Sir Edmund Compton, the Compton family still resides in the home. Tudor features include a central courtyard and steep-pitched roofs with cross bracing in the gables. The asymmetrical facade is constructed of red brick of exceptional quality. Glorious chimneys stud the roof-line. The bay windows -- an original Tudor invention -- were harvested from the ruined Fulbroke Castle as a gift from the son of Henry VIII to Sir Edmund Compton's son, William Compton.

Hampton Court

Built by the Archbishop of York, Thomas Wolsey, during the reign of King Henry VII, and ultimately gifted by the Archbishop to the King, this palace bears all the hallmarks of fine Tudor Architecture blended with perpendicular Gothic and Renaissance styling. The entire set of buildings surrounds a central court. The structures display a generous use of fine Tudor brickwork. Italian renaissance busts set into the Tudor brickwork demonstrate the freedom of design within the category of Tudor architecture. The Chapel Royal is timber and plaster with the high arched windows.

Hardwick Hall

She may have started life as simply Bess of Hardwick -- but she ended life as the noblewoman Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury. During her lifetime, she created one of the most enduring and famous examples of Tudor architecture. The palace is most noted for its lavish use of an expensive new technology -- glass. Tall and mullioned, the windows are said to be more plentiful than the structural brickwork. The hall is vast and open as in most Tudor designs, the hearths and chimneys are numerous and ornate in style.

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