Building a Tudor House

This week, we were again visited by “Make  Your Own History“. In the past, we have built stone age huts, an Egyptian pyramid and viking boats under their tutelage – but this time we were going for the big one – an entire  Tudor House – in a day! 

So much of our modern environment is built out of steel, brick and concrete but, back in Tudor times, most houses were built using timber frames filled with “wattle and daub” – a low-tech approach with which our PLACE youngsters were able to get hands on.

Here are the builders at work…

Instruction from the master builder Charlie from Making History

And now for the roof – tiles or thatch – we had a go at both.

Bodgers at work – a bodge is the pin that holds the beams together – a sort of big wooden nail.

Mass production of wattle panels

The fun part was, of course, the daub – this was traditionally made from soil, straw, clay and animal dung. These days, of course, health and safety being what it is, we weren’t able to go with the dung but still managed to have a good daub.  Here’s an example of the finished product.