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Explain why Ightham Mote has changed over the period 1330 to 1650?

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Coursework piece 1 Question 1 How useful is the site of Ightham Mote to explain how the house has changed from 1330 to 1650? (10 marks) Question 2 Explain why Ightham Mote has changed over the period 1330 to 1650? (15 marks) There is a word limit of 1500 words in total for both of these questions. Here is the mark scheme: Question 1 - (6-8 level 3) The candidate uses and develops relevant knowledge in a sustained account of the changes made at Ightham mote over time. The candidates cover the site fully and supports most claims effectively with evidence including annotated illustrations. Some awareness is shown of Ightham Mote as a historical source. Question 1 - (9-10 level 4) As Level 3 and the candidates also makes reasonable judgements that show an understanding of the complexity of the site and its past. The candidate may comment on the pace and degree of change. The candidate will give a clear account of the changes and development using a wide range of evidence to support their claim. Answers will also give a clear assessment of the value of the site as a historical source. Question 2 - (8-12) Candidate's answer discuss a wide range of factors. Answers attempt to assess relative importance and support the points with evidence Question 2 - (13-15) ...read more.

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There have been several changes made to this room. The West front There have been quite a few changes to this front over the years. The Haunt family added this front to Ightham Mote in the 15th century. The lower part of the tower is thought to have been built between 1330 and 1340. Here is a picture of this front. Here is a close-up of west side where the drawing room is. The Courtyard This is the centre of the house. When you first enter the house this is where you will find yourself. From here you can access all rooms on the bottom level. It has been made up by each of the sides of the house that have been added over the years. From looking at this house I have learnt several things. The house has been left as it was. Unfortunately we have little written evidence about the house and when alterations were made. However the house is very useful as the alterations that were made have not been covered up. Therefore we can see how things were made and when they were made/put into the house. We can therefore tell which owners made the changes. So we can try and work out reasons for why they may have made the alterations. ...read more.

Conclusion

Sir Richard Clement bought this and installed it. At the time these types of window had a use however, Sir Richard Clement didn't buy it because of its use, he bought it because it showed wealthy ness. He also put in the gatehouse for decoration. There was no actual need for it however he wanted it to show off his wealthy ness. At a later date, another family added crenulations to the gatehouse. At the time that these were added they were generally put onto buildings as an aid of protection. However the family just put them on to show their wealthy ness and status. We know this because there are little shelters behind them which mean that there would be no room for people to stand behind them. Fashion also was quite important at the time. Changes were also made to the house because of fashion. For example the Oriel window was fashionable at the time. It was popular to have in houses. Therefore Sir Richard Clement bought one to put in because it showed wealthy ness and to keep in with what was in fashion. From this we can see that basically all anyone at the time wanted to do was impress people. Whether it was neighbours or royalty. This shows that people were quite shallow at the time. From the country houses we can tell a lot more than just what changes have been made. We can learn about why people did things and what people were actually like. ...read more.

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