THE TUDOR, ELIZABETHAN AND JACOBEAN PERIODS IN BRITAIN
Architecture in England from 1500 to 1830 did not pass through a chronological sequence of styles as found in the continental Europe.
There was an initial delay in the arrival of the Renaissance which makes very difficult to identify architectural styles with specific periods. For these reasons, several divisions based on the successive dynasties of the Royal family have been retained.
Elizabethan and Jacobean timber-framed houses were built by the prosperous merchant class with true examples to be found in Shrewsbury and especially Chester. The timber-framed houses called ‘black and white’ are the most impressive of the Elizabethan style.