Monday, February 19, 2024


Your home is your castle, so the saying goes; and there’s no doubt that Britain has a rich architectural history. Houses here range in style from thatched Tudor cottages, right through to today’s new build, eco-friendly homes. has charted the ever-evolving architectural styles of British homes since the 1400s via a series of illustrations, which depict how British homes have changed over more than 500 years.



When Henry VIII founded the Church of England, Britain was largely cut off from the architectural fashions of continental Europe. As such, the rebirth of classical art and architecture which was flourishing in Italy and France had little influence on 16th century British housing.

Characterised by their thatched roofs and exposed timber frames, and built largely with function in mind, the exteriors of these homes reflected the size and the use of the rooms within, and there was little concern for symmetry. As such, Tudor homes were not generally subject to much in the way of embellishment. Nevertheless, there were some exceptions: close studding (tightly set vertical timbers) denote wealth in the South and East of the country; and small square panels, (some with decorative patterns within), denote wealth in the West and North.
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British house styles across the ages