The Tudor house in Margate, thought to be one of the oldest of its kind in Kent, will be opening its doors to the public on selected dates during the summer season.
Situated in Margate’s King Street, it was built in the early 16th century during the reign of King Henry VIII 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 farmer or brewer.
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.
Now, thanks to a partnership between Thanet Council, who own the building, and the East Kent Maritime Trust, who are providing the resource to open the Tudor House, local residents and visitors can see inside the Tudor House on one Saturday each month and every Friday throughout the summer holidays.
Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for both local residents and visitors to come and see a piece of history. The Tudor House allows us to step back in time nearly five hundred years and see how homes at that time would have been built. I’m delighted that this will be open during the summer and I hope people will take the opportunity to come and have a look at this unique building.”
He added: “This has been a partnership with the East Kent Maritime Trust, who are totally reliant on volunteers to open these facilities to the public. The re-opening of the Tudor House has been made possible thanks to the volunteers who already help the Trust, but they still desperately more people to come forward to pledge their help to open up Thanet’s historic sites to the general public.”
Admission to the Tudor House is free. It will be open to the public one Saturday each month from 10.00 – 3.30 on the following dates - Saturday 15 July, Saturday 12 August and Saturday 30 September and no booking is required for these dates. Visits to the Tudor House can also be pre-booked on Fridays during the summer holidays, between 28 July – 1 September and bookings can be made on 01843 290 399. Group visits by schools, clubs and organisations can be arranged year round by contacting Margate Museum on 01843 231 213.