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The develpoment of Ightham Mote

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The Development of Ightham Mote Question 1 - "How have changes in Tudor society affected the development of Ightham Mote?" Ightham Mote is a medieval moated manor house located 6 miles east of Sevenoaks in Kent. It is the result of over five centuries of building and rebuilding. The development of Ightham Mote appears to have especially been affected by the Tudor society as this was the period when wealth prevailed in England due to Reformation (the uncertainty of religious doctrine meant that money was not paid to the churches) and revival of Trade (increased wealth as a result of peace which enabled trading overseas). This meant that this mounting money could be spent on houses. Also the restoration of peace (no more wars) and the introduction on humanism (increased interest in new styles of architecture) led to surplus money being put forward to modify the architecture of houses to reflect wealth and the attitudes of Tudors towards wanting to better themselves. Through the two centuries of the Tudor Period, various owners of Ightham Mote made extensive alterations to the building; to both interior and exterior; as they responded to changing tastes and the demand for increased comfort and privacy. ...read more.


In the Tudor times, changes were brought mainly for comfort; for this reason, Sir Clement replaced the open hearth with a fireplace and situated it to the side of the Great Hall. Its fireback, dated 1583, protected the chimney back and threw out more heat which meant more warmth: comfort. These alterations demonstrate the extent to which Clement refashioned the old medieval building to create a house that was more comfortable and fashionable. The oriel windows in the solar rooms may have been second hand. They were made larger by Clement. This was done to bring light and comfort as well as to show wealth because glass was very expensive. This was a typical feature as Girouard states: "they (Tudors) had passion for brightness" and the BBC video states had "Hardwick Hall had more glass than wall." The oriel windows, mainly in the courtyard, appeared to have bargeboards. These bargeboards were highly decorated - carved with (royal emblems) pomegranate, Tudor roses and fleurs-de-lis. These were not only there to prevent rain from blowing under the eaves, but to show loyalty and gratitude to the Tudor monasteries. It is a typical feature, also found in Baddesley Clinton. ...read more.


It reflects the Renaissance which deemed music and literature to be important. The Renaissance also brought the idea of the significance of "balance" which influenced the Tudors to redesign their house to make them symmetrical. The West front of Ightham Mote is likely to have been symmetrical in the Tudor period, which I have observed from my visit to Ightham Mote, because the bottom half of the building has 3 sets of windows on both sides (symmetrical) so the top half is likely to have been modified over the years to have been what it is today. Moreover, Clement put a brand new entrance which passed through the stable block and the outer courtyard to reflect this idea of symmetry. Symmetry was very typical: "greatly admired by Tudors" as the BBC video states - also found in Hardwick Hall. Overall, the development of Ightham Mote was greatly affected by the changes in the Tudor times; especially due to the taste in fashion as the people of the time felt the need to have fashionable houses to better themselves over others. Several alterations were also made to impress the monarch in the hope to serve one's ends through royal connections. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Shaz Rai/ Mrs Lascelles Page: 1 03/07/2009 ...read more.

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