Saturday, 27 September 2008

Old and new Southampton - Tudor House Museum

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The juxtaposition of old and new - obviously something that never bothered town planners in Southampton!

A more pleasing view of the Museum. In my childhood, throughout the winter, I would visit here every Saturday, on my way to the swimming baths.

This lady made her own gown, and looked every inch a proper embassador for the Museum Open Day.

These date back to the Tudor period. All the exhibits had been removed (all I can remember now was a stuffed Dachshund in the Victorian parlour!) so that extensive renovation work could be carried out. This meant that in parts you were really back to how the house looked in Tudor times. Inside the Museum, work has revealed hand painted vine tendrils on some of the beams.

In one corner, a tiny Tudor doorway. Gosh, they must have been short and thin in those days . .

Wonderful old beams in one of the earliest parts of the Museum - though back in the 80s "someone" saw fit to take down the walls in between the Tudor house and the late Medieval part abutting it to make one big room for displays - which was a pity, as these were actually external SUPPORTING walls of both properties, just a hand's breadth between them and the whole building then started to lean rather nastily to one side. It has now been put right I'm glad to say, with the use of modern technology. (These beams are tied to one another with metal hawsers attached to a very solid metal upright which goes down to the ground floor.)

I love this old and new picture, with the Medieval add-ons and the Regency "modernisation" of another part of the building.

Another view of the back of the building. I love the yellow ochre colour of the limewash (similar to what we have used on our farmhouse).

Another view of old and new. The beautiful Tudor knot and herb gardens - and in the background, the awful intrusion of the De Vere hotel . . . Very in keeping - NOT!

Another view of the garden.

A pretty bower of vines.


Nan said...

What a nice tour for me! I loved it. I was reminded of a 1939 Nevil Shute book I read about Southampton - Ordeal, though I think in England it may have been titled, What Happened to the Corbetts? Have you read it? This is what I wrote in my book journal:
"Again, Nevil Shute writes of good people. What a wonderful outlook he had on the world. I felt that in this book his characters took second place to the world events that were happening. What is astounding is the book is about war beginning - in 1939 - before the real war started. Shute writes of attacks on Southhampton, England; houses destroyed, people killed, lives disrupted. Cholera and typhoid develop because of the poor hygienic conditions in the aftermath. I had never heard of this. I wonder if these diseases occurred during the war. The family in this book leaves their partially bombed out home to live on their "yacht". The book chronicles the
hardships of dealing with the day to day needs of a baby, a 3 year old, and a 6 year old. Excellent writing and descriptions."

Cookie Sunshine said...

I love the vines

carolyn said...

Hello This is my first visit here and I'm finding it so interesting especially as the Robert Frost poem was one of my Mother's favourites and hence now one of mine.

Bovey Belle said...

Nan - I've read quite a few Nevil Shute novels (but none recently and I don't recall the So'ton one). Southampton was very heavily bombed in the war, because of its docks, and so the main part of the High Street was built afresh. Fortunately the bits I took photographs survived, but there were lots of little alleyways and yards which have disappeared, courtesy of the Council, since the war, which is a shame.

Cookie - lovely to see you again. I am tempted to paint some vines on our beams now!

Carolyn - welcome, and I hope you'll return. How lovely that your love of Robert Frost has been passed on from your mum to you.