A working home
The house has three floors and was built close to Tenby's busy port so the merchant could keep and eye on the ships coming and going.
His shop and the kitchen are on the ground floor. The family lived in the hall on the first floor and slept in the bedchamber on the second floor.
The hall as it was
This is how the hall looked before we re-presented it.
We're very grateful to the Museum of Wales and the V & A Museum in London for the loan of the furniture you can see here. Lovely as it was, we wanted you to see the hall as the merchant himself would have seen it in 1500.
The hall today
While the house was closed over the winter, we were busy working on the hall where the merchant and his family spent their leisure time.
Take a look below to learn more about the furniture we've had specially made for the hall. The final phase of our project is the bedchamber on the second floor.
- It was rude to sneeze, pick your teeth, scratch or spit at the table
- A Latin grace was said before and after the meal
- You'd be offered warmed rose-water to wash your hands before you ate
- Only males served at the table
- There were no forks. You used your hands and a knife to eat with
Some of the furniture
Oak buffet - the design
Here's the oak buffet on the drawing board. It's based on an original example from the period.
The finished article
The finished buffet based on an original example formerly at Aberpergwm House.
Writing table and chair
Turned yew chair based on a South Pembrokeshire original. The writing table is based on a Flemish ori...
The high table
The oak high table painted red, green and yellow. Here's where the merchant and his guests would have dined...
One of the oak boarded benches being made for the high table.
A carved oak chest for high tablewares. It's painted red and the merchant would've kept it locked to keep the contents safe.
We've had two oak tables made. If you weren't important enough to sit with the merchant at the high table, you would've sat here to eat.