The oldest building in old Meergate, the old Tudor House, built in 1525, is a unique example of a ‘transitional house’ – bridging the gap between medieval open-hall and early-modern houses with two storeys throughout. The building was clearly of high status with distinctly features.
Over the years, the building has been home to Master Mariners, Flemish weavers, Cordwainers, and farmers. A 1776 map shows a sizable farmyard surrounding the dwelling; including a malthouse which still exists to the rear.
The remaining site was purchased by the council in the late 1930s as part of a slum clearance scheme, and it was due for demolition before a local builder spotted the Tudor beams and alerted the Mayor, Alderman Cllr Claude Hosking. He funded the restoration, but died before this was completed.
The Gardens have been lovingly restored with a Tudor Knot garden and box hedge squares with climbing plants on frames.
Wednesdays, Friday, Saturdays, Sundays all year round plus Summer Bank Holidays 11.30am - 2.30pm
Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
Children: Under 16s Free (accompanied by adult)
Joint Ticket with Margate Museum: £3, Concession £2.50