Speke Hall

I have a bit of a thing for Tudor buildings, well I love architecture full stop.

I fell in love with the black and white Tudor style when I lived in Cheshire. Although it was the Victorians who painted them black and white, originally the wood was left untreated, silvery grey and the daube would any colour depending on the muck that was used.

Speke Hall was built in 1530, with later extensions which were quite obvious once the guide pointed them out.

I love the patterns and the joints of the woodwork


I love the attention to detail, look under the eaves, there is  carved wood detailing. Notice the peep hole in the chimney.


The geometry is amazing on this building, although if you have been to Little Moreton Hall you will know sometimes the lines go a bit wonky. I think L M H is my favourite Tudor building.


I do love the inner courtyard, today it was a restful place from the hustle and bustle and heat of the sun.


These people must have been very rich, they have a lot of very expensive glass windows.


I didn’t know but when they travelled in these times people took their windows with them.


Can you spot the little hole, it’s in the eaves? This is above the main entrance and was used to listen to the conversations of visitors, hence the term eavesdropping.


There are 2 very old and beautiful yew trees in the courtyard, called Adam and Eve.

IMG_0664I found the interior of the house very gloomy with it’s Victorian decor but I could have sat in the courtyard shade for a while if there had been a seat to sit on, and maybe a long cool drink and my book would be good to………

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6 Responses to Speke Hall

  1. Helen says:

    I didn’t know of Speke – it’s spectacular. I do know and love Little Moreton Hall 😊

    I didn’t know about the origin of eavesdropping! 😀

    • eganj1 says:

      Hi Helen, it’s a National Trust property, well worth a visit. I didn’t know about eavesdropping, I learned a lot of fascinating snippets of information from our guide

  2. alysen55 says:

    Love Tudor too! Don’t know if there’s a connection or not, because I’ve never really read about the history …. but I’ve seen lots of old houses and buildings in Normandy of this/similar style. Sometimes even as far down as Brittany. France, that is. :). And the types of chimneys have something to do with it too.
    Also, don’t know if this is true in England / UK but in France depending on the area you live in (North, Middle, South, etc.) the building codes define the roof incline! We live in the Paris suburbs and when we build our house, it had to be a certain roof material (brick red concrete tiles) and incline.

    • eganj1 says:

      I don’t really know about this but my husband said it could be because parts of France were ruled by English kings at one time. I love the UK’s diverse range of vernacular architecture, you can tell where you are by the building materials used, they would have been sourced locally so houses on chalk are made of flint, the buildings in the Lake District are slate. It’s a pity this doesn’t happen any more.

  3. Love the house, and the eavesdropping was a great snippet of knowledge xx

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