Tudor Merchant's House
Tudor Merchant's House
The Tudor Merchant's House is a late 15th century middle-class town house furnished as it was in 1500, and featuring a great fireplace and authentic period furniture and household objects.
The stone house was built shortly before 1500 for a successful merchant dealing in cloth, coal, pots, spices, and vinegar. It is the oldest house in Tenby and a reminder of the days when Tenby harbour was a bustling centre of trade.

The ground floor of the house was used as the merchant's shop, and a kitchen. On the first floor is the hall; the main family living area, and from here stairs lead up to the second floor, with a single bedchamber tucked under a low-beamed ceiling supported on dark timbers. There is an ornately carved four-poster bed in the bedchamber, and wonderful views acros the rooftops of Tenby from the mullioned windows. In a tower jutting out from the side of the building is a small garderobe, or loo. There are traces of wall paintings on three of the interior walls. Behind the house is a small herb garden.

The house as we see it today is not exactly as it would have ben in 1500; for one thing the original house would have had an external stair to upper floors, but modern visitors can ascend via an inside stair.

The National Trust has gone to great lengths to make bring the flavour of Tudor life home to visitors. The table is in the hall laid for a meal, and there are guides on hand to explain about 16th century customs, including table manners and social etiquette. And of course there the requisite period costumes for children to try on!

We found the house very atmospheric, and the location, tucked away in a little paved yard, made it seem like we were stepping back in time. Immediately beside the Merchant's House is the house where artist and author Charles Norris lived from 1805-1821, Norris was best known for his 'Etchings of Tenby'. Look for the plaque on the side of the pink building facing the Merchant House's front door.

The house exterior
The house exterior
Mullioned Tudor window
Mullioned Tudor window
The front of the house
The front of the house
Dressing up in Tudor costume
Dressing up in
Tudor costume