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What were Tudor Houses made from?

Houses were usually made of timber (wood) and wattle and daub.


Timber coated with tar
(The Victorians coated the beams with tar. The Tudors left the wood bare)

Wattle is the intertwined sticks that are placed in a wall between posts. You can see the woven sticks in the photographs below.

Wattle and Daub

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Daub is a mixture of clay, sand and dung that is smeared (daubed) into and over the wattle to make the wall. 

The daub was often painted with limewash making it look white.

The wooden timbers were often coated with black tar to help protect them from rotting.

Bayleaf
A Wealden house built in the late 15th or early 16th century.
This house is now in an open air museum.
It was removed from its original site when Bough Beech reservoir was built.

Tudor buildingTudor house near Plaxtol in Kent

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