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What Did The Tudors Invent?

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They invented the 1st flushing toilet, which was much more hygenic, carpets from turkey, theatres, hops were grown for making beer, shoppping centres, upholstered furniture, knitting machines and TENNIS!!!
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The new desire for luxury brought fine furnishings for their houses. The first upholstered furniture was invented in Tudor times.  Carpets were a new idea from Turkey. It was considered to be the height of luxury to walk on a carpet instead of stone floors. It showed you were very rich.

Harrington invented the worlds first flushing toilet - the Water Closet. (WC!) It worked exactly as modern toilets do now, but took 200 years to really catch on.  The first Stock Exchange where traders could buy and sell shares (exactly as they do now in London and other major cities) was built.

The first shopping centre was built above the first stock exchange. It had room for 120 shops, all under one roof. Queen Elizabeth loved shopping and bought all her hats there!  Tennis was developed from a French street game that used hands instead of a racquet. The Tudors invented a racquet from a kitchen sieve and the style hasn't really changed since then.

Hops were first grown in 1525 to make a new stronger beer that had more alcohol content, this new beer was called 'big beer'. Beer is still made the same way today.  Starch was discovered to be a new way to make fabric stiff. Consequently the fashions went a bit mad with huge ruffs around necks that might stick out further than the persons shoulders!

Theatre was a new craze that the people loved. They could come and stand and watch the new plays by people like Shakespeare. But there were no toilets so people just went where they stood!  Men wore hand knitted stockings that took about 2 days to make. William Lee invented the first automatic knitting machine that was about 12x faster. Modern knitting machines still use the same basic technique that he invented.

Sugar was imported as a great expensive luxury. The Tudors loved it so much they invented a new meal course, called the Banquet Course (which we call sweet or pudding).

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