Tudor House, Worcester
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Tudor House is a 16th-century timber-framed house in one of Worcester's best-preserved historic areas. The house was built in the first half of the 16th century on the foundations of an earlier 13th-century building. Part of the fascination of Tudor House is the sheer number of roles it has played since it was built. It has been, at times, a dwelling house, a workshop for weavers, a tailor, cloth-maker, baker, and artist, a brewery, and an inn.
In the early 20th century the house was purchased by the Cadbury family and served as a confectionery shop, then a coffee house. It was later owned by the Worcester Corporation and used as a school clinic, where local children came for dental and medical check-ups.
During WWII the house briefly served as an air warden's post and a billeting office. In the late 20th century the house served as the Worcester Museum of Local Life, but after the museum closed in 2003 the house was rescued by a group of local volunteers who keep it open to visitors.
With such a long and varied history, there is bound to be something to interest every visitor!
Visitors can see how the timber-framed building was built; timber joists and wattle-and-daub infill are exposed in several places, making it easy to see how the house was constructed. Some of the original Tudor ceiling plasterwork is intact - a rarity in Worcestershire. Reproductions of Tudor weaving equipment, household implements, and a Tudor bed help give the house an authentic flavour.
The house is decorated with posters and information panels about Worcester's social and industrial history, including displays on Lea and Perrins, Edward Elgar, and Keys mail-order company.
Please check the official website for current opening times before planning a trip.
About Tudor House
Address: 38-42 Friar Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, England, WR1 2NA
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Easily reached on foot from the city centre. The nearest car parks are St Martins Gate or King Street.
Website: Tudor House
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
The Greyfriars - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
Worcester Cathedral - 0.1 miles (Cathedral)
Commandery - 0.1 miles (Museum)
Worcester Guildhall - 0.2 miles (Historic Building)
Museum of Royal Worcester - 0.2 miles (Museum)
Worcester, St Swithun's Church - 0.2 miles (Historic Church)
Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery - 0.5 miles (Museum)
George Marshall Medical Museum - 1.6 miles (Museum)
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