Tudor architecture was popular in England in 1500 to 1575. During the time this architecture developed, Henry VIII brought about the dissolution of the monasteries, which means that more people were able to build on land once owned by the church. The architecture became intimate and ornate, with smaller windows and doors, enclosed fireplaces and chimneys, as well as brick within wood frames and plaster. Window styles for Tudor homes are very distinctive, and they can help you correctly identify Tudor architecture, even if the home is no longer in its original style.
A window style that is particularly Tudor is the oriel window. This window extends out from the upper story of the Tudor house, and has more than one side--rather like a box or a trapezoid on end. Beneath the oriel window are brackets or a corbel.
Also identified with Tudor architecture are narrow, tall windows. These windows can be opened by a crank, and often contain diamond mullions instead of wide expanses of glass.
Small Narrow Windows
Small, narrow windows are also characteristic of Tudor style, and they are frequently found on the second floor of a house. These often feature diamond-paned windows and leaded glass.
Small, Side-by-Side Windows
Tudor houses often have small, diamond-paned windows that are side by side, placed closely together. These windows can be found in bigger rooms of a house like the large halls or solars.
Tudor windows may also feature a curved arch at the top of the window. The Tudor arch is different from the Gothic arch in that it is blunter and more rounded. Examples of this can be seen in Great Dixter, a Tudor Manor in East Sussex, England.
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