Tudor Hall

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Tudor Hall, Barnet

 

It says ‘1573’ above the door of Bar­net’s Tudor Hall but this was the date the Free Gram­mar School of Queen Eliz­a­beth was found­ed. The hall was built about four years after­wards. Like many medieval halls, the inte­ri­or was orig­i­nal­ly open to the roof. Dor­mi­to­ries were added a lit­tle lat­er, with access via a stair­case in the east tur­ret.

The Tudor Hall con­tin­ued to be used as a class­room almost up until Queen Eliz­a­beth’s School moved away to its present site in 1932. The fol­low­ing year a spe­cial act of par­lia­ment autho­rised Chip­ping Bar­net’s Jesus Hos­pi­tal to buy the hall for £1750, for use as offices and to accom­mo­date vis­i­tors to their meet­ings.

The char­i­ty sold the Tudor Hall to Hert­ford­shire Coun­ty Coun­cil in 1958 for edu­ca­tion­al pur­pos­es and it’s now part of Bar­net Col­lege.

The col­lege remod­elled the hal­l’s inte­ri­or in 1968 and refur­bished it very recent­ly, with plain white walls and no attempt to recre­ate an olde-world look. There’s a case to be made for the hon­esty of such an approach – and of course it’s cheap­er – but the effect is some­what spar­tan.

The Tudor Hall is present­ly used as a ban­quet­ing hall and con­fer­ence space and is avail­able to hire for spe­cial occa­sions, wed­dings and cel­e­bra­tions.