The Tudor period covers just over 100 years, from its beginning at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 when Henry Vll won the crown, to the death of Elizabeth 1 in 1603.
As a result of this the costumes over this period changed a great deal in style. The Tudors have been part of the Lewes Borough Society sine the 1950’s. Today most of the Tudors favour the period of Henry Vlll in the mid 1500’s to dress.
The costumes are homemade taking many hours of sewing, especially when applying all the sequins, beads and pearls. Once completed they are fireguard treated just in case! We have been very fortunate that a number of our costumes have won prizes at out-meetings and at the Lewes Bonfire Costume Competition. Last year we won the fancy dress group, gentleman’s fancy dress and the pair’s fancy dress.
During the summer the Tudors go out on social outings dressed as Tudors. We have been to Hever Castle, Penshurst Place, Parham House and Ightham Mote.
A group of the Tudors got together and formed the Gallyards Tudor Dancers. We perform to raise money for charities. So far we have danced at fetes, Medieval Banquets, Bridge Cottage in Uckfield, Anne of Cleves House in Lewes, Kennilworth Castle and Ightham Mote and are going into schools and clubs later this year.
New members are always welcome to join us and if needed given help and advice on making a Tudor costume. Gentlemen are especially welcome.