Tuesday 19 February 2013

Tudor Town

It was only at the weekend that I discovered that most of Lewes High Street is Tudor. There are lots of small passages between buildings and it's here you can see that these are formed by the typical Tudor overhanging first floors meeting together as buildings are built side-by-side, forming the passages at street level.

Nearly all the buildings have been modernised in the 1700s or 1800s so don't immediately appear that old, but beneath all that new fa├žade is a timber framed Tudor building. Some are older still, dating from the 1300s.

I found out that next to the estate agent half way up the hill is a huge fireplace at ground floor and a large Tudor Rose that occupies the wall of a ground floor room. Such an amazing town.

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