The Tudors

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The Tudors

by Mandy Barrow

WW ll
Roamn Britain
Saxon Britain
Viking Britain
Norman Britain
Tudor Britain
Victorian Britain
World War Two
500 BC
AD 43
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What was life like
during the Tudor Times?


Homelife | Tudor Food | Tudor Towns

Poor Tudors | Rich Tudors l Entertainment

Tudor Punishment l Tudor Sports l Tudor Music

Life in Tudor Britain was harsh - the average life expectancy was just 35 years.

Most Tudor people lived in the countryside, but some people lived in towns or big Tudor cities like London, Bristol or Norwich.

Tudor England was a farming society. Most of the population (over 90 %) lived in small villages and made their living from farming. Under Tudor rule England became a more peaceful and richer place. Towns grew larger and the mining of coal, tin and lead became very popular.

rose Homelife

There were none of the comforts we have today. Water was collected from village pumps, wells or streams but was often polluted.

Tudor Toilets

Toilets were called 'Privies' and were not very private at all. They were often just a piece of wood over a bowl or a hole in the ground.

People would wipe their bottoms with leaves or moss and the wealthier people used soft lamb's wool.

In palaces and castles, which had a moat, the lords and ladies would retire to a toilet set into a cupboard in the wall called a garderobe. Here the waste would drop down a shaft into the moat below.


rose The Rich

Wealthy Tudors loved to show of their riches. The clothes they wore and the homes they lived in were all signs of their place in society.

Click here to read about the clothes people wore and the homes they lived

Food was another show of wealth. The rich could afford all kinds of meats and fish and expensive French wine. The best food was considered to be roast veal and venison.

People also ate robins, badgers, otters, tortoises and seagulls.

Find out more about food eaten

The types of sports or pastimes a person did was another sign of their rank or wealth. The rich had time for falconry, hunting, jousting, tennis and bowls.

Find out more about entertainment

rose The Poor

The poor had to work hard and struggled to survive. They worked six days a week and only had holy days and public holidays off work. They ate coarse grey bread made from rye and barley. Soups were made from vegetables and herbs. Meat was a luxury but poor people sometimes kept animals to provide milk, cheese and eggs.

Life for the poor in Tudor times was harsh. When the harvest failed it was tempting for poor people to steal food. When people did break the law, they risked public flogging or being hanged.

More information on the poor

roseFurther Information

Channel 4 History Essentials


Tudor Life

Tudor Entertainment

Tudor Sports and Pastimes


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