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The Lost Story
Every building contains a lost story…
“The wealth of the town of Worcester standeth most by drapering, and no town of England, at this present time, maketh so many cloaths yearly as this town doeth.” John Leland, historian and antiquarian, 1540s
Tudor House was originally built as three separate houses for weavers, broadcloth makers, and their families, way back in the 1520s. Over the centuries, different people have shaped the way the buildings look until finally, in the 1900s, Richard Cadbury brought all three together as one.
In 2019, the embroidery team behind the pelmet you can see on the Tudor bed, will be starting their next project: creating a counterpane and curtains to complement it.
Textile artist, Louise Goult, will be creating the design and leading the work, after her successful residency here in 2017. Full of flowers, animals and fantastical creatures, this will be a design full of colour that’s bound to catch the eye!
Tudor House is home to the Changing Face of Worcester project; digitising, researching and archiving the vast collection of slides and photographs once owned by Clive and Malcolm Haynes
The Haynes brothers had built up their collection over many years and for 30 years produced presentations of the images for the people of Worcester to view. These were no usual slideshows – up to six projectors linked to faders and computers, complemented by music and an excellently researched commentary. And the pictures were stunning! Buildings were constructed, aged, pulled down and replaced before your eyes.