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Margate Tudor House

Address: King Street | Margate, Margate CT9 1QE, England
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Ranked #12 of 76 things to do in Margate
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Tudor house in Margate, thought to be one of the oldest of its kind in Kent, was open to the...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Tudor house in Margate, thought to be one of the oldest of its kind in Kent, was open to the public on selected dates during the 2006 summer season.Situated in King Street, it was built around 1525 and is typical of many houses of that period. It’s believed that the Tudor House would have been one of the largest buildings in Thanet and would probably have belonged to a wealthy yeoman farmer. At the time of building, it would have stood close to the bank of the stream which ran down Dane Valley and entered the sea where Margate Harbour now is.The oldest deed can be traced back to 1802, when the Tudor House was a farmhouse owned by Francis Cobb. In 1815, the building was converted into three cottages and the lower part of the exterior of the Tudor House was plastered over, while inside the oak panelling was covered with wallpaper and the beams were plastered over.During the Second World War, the roof was damaged and vibration from bombs led to it tilting forwards. In 1951, restoration work started to return the house to its former glory, when the panelling was completely restored and the windows and doorframes were re-situated.

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Margate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Tudor house well worth a visit .It is just off the harbour in Margate old town.It is not always open so it is worth checking with the tourist information before planning any visit.The house is one of those places you must visit to appreciate how people lived years ago.This house is a real jem and stands in a street... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Well restored but a little bland - could do with more detailed information and inspiration. The Tudor House is one of the Margate’s oldest buildings, dating back to the first half of the sixteenth century. Its form is that of a ‘transitional house’ – bridging the gap between the medieval open-hall and early-modern houses with two storeys throughout.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

We found this lovely piece of history while looking for the shell grotto, so glad we did ,afree guided tour by a very knowledgeable guide brings this lovely house to life a real treasure for Margate

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Following on from my review of St Johns Church, we are back in the old town heading down King St. As you reach the end of this short rd you will see straight across the junction the Tudor House. The entrance is free but you should always check in advance about opening hours. I visited in December when the trustees... More 

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Margate, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Often walked passed the house and wondered about its history. The visit was certainly not disappointing. The caretakers were on hand to give you the history and are very knowledgeable. The interior has been restored skilfully with lots of original features. Gives you an excellent onsite into the history of Margate. It is a must for anyone visiting Margate, to... More 

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Portslade, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I visited this amazing Tudor Building with a Friend of mine to find a very warm welcome with enthusiastic volunteers sharing their experience and knowledge of Tudor History. Detail of food for peasants and royalty was particularly interesting with tables made especially for the Renaissance Banquet. I was impressed with their openness and with the atmosphere created to provide exhibitions... More 

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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This lovely old half-timbered building, only a very short walk from the harbour, is a relatively large house for its time, with three large rooms on each of the two floors. The construction of the building is clear to see, with exposed timbers and plasterwork and imposing fireplaces. Typical of its time are the low ceilings and beams and anyone... More 

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

was disappointed with interior, but still worth the visit. All homes were small then but had hoped for more original interior items, to give a better insight into life in this period.

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Tudor House is a beautiful building.it has a great history.with some good features inside,big beautiful fire places,ceilings and a quaint staircase, which is hard for some people to climb but they have built a staircase at the back for people that can't manage the small one.the staff are very dedicated and full of information .well worth a vist

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A fascinating building which needs as much support as possible as it clearly needs considerable investment to totally restore and maintain this building. The volunteers are performing a noble task but there is still some way to go. So, please visit and be generous as currently there is no funding apart from what they raise.

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