Elizabethan architecture

Elizabethan Architecture

Elizabethan architecture

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Elizabethan architecture is the term given to early Renaissance architecture in England, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Historically, the period corresponds to the Cinquecento in Italy, the Early Renaissance in France, and the Plateresque style in Spain. Stylistically, it followed Tudor architecture and was succeeded in the 17th century by Palladian architecture introduced by Inigo Jones.


Renaissance architecture arrived in England during the reign of Elizabeth I, having first spread through the Low countries where among other features it acquired versions of the Dutch gable, and Flemish strapwork in geometric designs adorning the floor. Both of these features can be seen on the towers of Wollaton Hall and again at Montacute House. It was also at this time that English houses adopted the Asian concept of a long gallery being the chief reception room.Cropplestone, Trewin (1963). World Architecture. Hamlyn. Page 262 In England, the Renaissance tended to manifest itself in large square tall houses such as Longleat House. Often these buildings had asymmetrical towers which hint at the evolution from medieval fortified architecture.

Hatfield House, built in its entirety by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, between 1607 and 1611, is a perfect example of the transition period from the gabled turreted style of the previous era. One can clearly see the turreted Tudor style wings at each end with their mullioned windows, however, the...
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