Conservation - Tudor (1485-1558)

The Tudor period 1455-1558

The ‘Tudor’ period can be seen as the final development in Medieaval architecture and included possibly the greatest upheaval in the life and history of the Church of England in the form of the Reformation. It saw a breakaway from Catholicism centred in Rome with the installation of King Henry VIII at its Head in 1534. Its effect was far reaching and felt in all architecture, not just that of ecclesiastical buildings; which were damaged and destroyed, but it saw the new development of a new wealthy gentry class who reclaimed large areas of land to build fine mansion houses on. Brickwork was the reserve of the privileged and was often used in conjunction with timber framework giving rise to the iconic black & white buildings we instantly feel typify Tudor architecture today

Experienced craftspeople…

PAYE Conservation believe it is imperative that only craftspeople who are experienced with traditional materials should ever undertake a repair in a building (or on an object) of historical significance. We always ensure that all works are extensively documented in both photographic and annotated forms; before, during and after any intervention (to provide a greater understanding of the building/objects chronology for the future). This can prove invaluable in developing and maintaining an associated archive

PAYE Completed Projects

Listed below are some Conservation Projects completed by PAYE Conservation.

Architectural Timeline

We’ve broken down ‘Conservation’ into time periods to make it easy to navigate around our website. Simply click a time period below to explore our approach to conservation within the various periods and view projects we’ve completed…

Featured Project – Hampton Court

The Tudor part of Hampton Court Palace dates from the early 16th century. lt has been substantially repaired, altered and/or rebuilt during the subsequent 500 years. Past building works and repairs were undertaken using the most up-to-date conservation techniques of the day but, regrettably, some of the materials used resulted in damage to the building fabric.PAYE were appointed as main contractor to either replace or repair the individually eroded bricks, carefully remove and replace the repainting and consolidate and clean the soiled stone features. All works had to be completed whilst the Palace remained open to the public