Tudor links in London and the South East

The house at Ightham Mote is reflected in the moat from the south west, showing the stone tower and mock Tudor facade on the south face.

Many of the places we look after in London and the South East have connections to Tudor times. Here are their stories.

Ightham Mote, Kent

After serving in the court of Henry VII, Richard Clement kept a court position under Henry VIII and was knighted in 1529.
He purchased Ightham Mote in 1521. In deference to his master, he installed royal coats of arms in stained glass in the Great Hall and on the wooden ceiling of the Chapel.
Henry VIII never visited Ightham Mote but visited nearby Knole.

Knole, Kent

Knole was extended by the Archbishops of Canterbury in the 15th and 16th centuries. In 1538 Henry VIII was so impressed that he forced Thomas Cramner to hand Knole over to him.
It remained in royal hands until 1561 when Elizabeth I gave it to her favourite courtier, Robert Dudley. In 1566 the house passed to Thomas Sackville whose descendants still own Knole today.

Sissinghurst, Kent

Sir John Baker bought Sissinghurst around 1530. A wealthy man, he held various positions during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I.
Sissinghurst’s location in the Weald of Kent coupled with its owners’ wealth meant that it was a useful place to stay for travelling monarchs. Mary visited in 1557 while Elizabeth I stayed with Sir John’s son Sir Richard Baker in 1573.

The Vyne, Hampshire

The Vyne was owned by Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain Lord Sandys. Henry visited The Vyne several times, bringing with him Catherine of Aragon and later Anne Boleyn. Stained glass depicting Henry and Catherine can be found in the Chapel.
Lord Sandys was present at the trial Anne Boleyn and is believed to have escorted her to the Tower of London. Elizabeth I is reputed to have signed the arrest warrant for Mary Queen of Scots at The Vyne.

Sutton House, London 

Sutton House in Hackney was built in 1535 by Ralph Sadler, who rose to be a prominent member of Henry VIII’s court. Sadler carried out duties during the dissolution of the monasteries, and also served Edward VI and Elizabeth I.
Ralph Sadler was educated in the household of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief minister, where met his future wife Helen Barre.