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The new frieze

On tenterhooks

The hand-painted frieze and tenterhooks ready for the wall hangings © Sue Hicks

There’s a hand-painted frieze around the top of the walls, based on similar friezes of the time. Our frieze depicts Tudor roses, a ship, a whale and a mermaid. Ever wondered where the expression 'on tenterhooks' comes from? These ones are ready to receive the wall hangings.

Painting the frieze

Paul Richards hand paints the frieze © Sue Hicks

The frieze has been lovingly hand painted by Paul Richards. The mermaid and the whale are copied from carvings on the roof bosses in St Mary’s Church in Tenby. Why not visit the church and see if you can spot them?

Making Tudor costumes

Getting technical

A volunteer sewing group is hard at work creating Tudor costumes for visitors to wear. These include tabards for schoolchildren, but also costumes for adults so they don't feel left out.

A Tudor cookery class

Tudor cookery class in full swing © Sue Hicks

We offer our staff and volunteers the chance to try their hand at some Tudor cookery, and to sample the results. Here's an eager class...

Stirring the pot...

Stirring the pot © Sue Hicks

They prepare food in the enormous open fireplace, on authentic Tudor kitchenware. Fridges were invented 250 years later.

A silversmith in Tudor Tenby

Sue Hicks and the painted cloth

Sue Hicks and the painted cloth

A new clue has shed light on Tenby’s boom time in the 16th century. Research we commissioned about the Tudor Merchant’s House has led to the amazing  discovery that a silversmith was trading in Tenby in the early 1500s, something that nobody had previously suspected.

We're trying to discover the name of the merchant who lived and traded at the Tudor Merchant’s House. In the process new and significant finds about the town’s history are being made. The study of a will made by merchant Walter Rys in 1507 showed that he left to Davy Rys, his second son, 'a slate mazer [a kind of bowl] bound with silver-gilt, which I bought in Tenby', and 'half a dozen spoons of the making of Tenby'.