Sutton House & Tudor Hackney: Ralph Sadler’s Nouveau-Riche ‘Bryk Place’

This post contains affiliate links. In this month’s blog, I am going to introduce you to a Tudor house that is utterly unique. You will simply not find another like it anywhere: Sutton House in Hackney. It was created by a Tudor courtier on the rise; not yet wealthy enough to build a grand country … Read more

The Very Best Of Typically English Things To Do When Visiting the UK: Travel Essentials

Cover Image: Seckford Hall, courtesy of Seckford Hall Hotel and Spa, Suffolk. Welcome back to the Tudor History & Travel Show: Travel Essentials! Here in Travel Essentials, we cover those all important things to consider when you’re planning your next Tudor trip. For those of you who like to touch Tudor history in person, Travel Essentials … Read more

Otford Palace: Rivalry, Glory and Ruin in the Tudor Age

Otford Palace, in Kent, was once acknowledged as being the most magnificent house in England. The man who was singularly responsible for its aggrandisement, William Warham, then Archbishop of Canterbury, was locked in rivalry with the Thomas Wolsey. At the time, Wolsey was in the ascendant, fast becoming the second most powerful man in the … Read more

Salad In Tudor England And Europe

Welcome back to The Great Tudor Bake Off. This month at The Tudor Travel Guide, our resident chef, Brigitte Webster, tells us about salad in Tudor England and Europe. Salads were quite common in the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries in England but by the time the Tudors came to power, they had more or … Read more

Tudor Stepney & Thomas Cromwell’s ‘Great Place’

Cover Image: Worcester House with Tudor Stepney in the background. Image courtesy of MOLA Anyone who knows me will be aware that Anne Boleyn is my historical heroine, but lately, I admit to having developed a growing fascination for her nemesis: Thomas Cromwell, his protégés, such as Sir Richard Rich and Sir Ralph Sadler, as … Read more

Your Guide To Getting Around the UK: Travel Essentials

Cover Image: Ravens at the Tower by Bob Collowan/Commons/CC-BY-SA-4.0 via Wikimedia Commons Welcome back to the Tudor History & Travel Show: Travel Essentials! Travel Essentials is your go-to guide for your next Tudor trip. From the best places to visit, what to bring with you, or where to stop for a bite to eat, we share our … Read more

Temple Newsam: A Scottish Enclave in the North

On 7 December 1545, a son was born to Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox and Matthew Stuart, 4th Earl of Lennox at Temple Newsam in Yorkshire. This boy would grow up to be king consort of Scotland, his future wife being Mary, Queen of Scots. Having lived an eventful life at the English court as … Read more

‘Gold and Glory’ at Hampton Court Palace

The Field of Cloth of Gold was one of the most spectacular events of its age. Feted for the ostentatious display of power and wealth on both sides, its principal architect, Cardinal Wolsey, provided a glittering stage upon which two young, alpha males of Europe, Francis I of France and Henry VIII of England, might … Read more