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A common characteristic of both authentic and mock Tudor homes is the jetty, an overhang of the second floor above the first. This feature is well illustrated by the Swan Hotel in Lavenham, England, which comprises three early-15th-century private homes that were eventually combined. Jetties have their roots in tax history: Because taxes were based on ground-floor square footage, the upstairs level could be built a little larger without incurring higher taxes—resulting in more floor space as well as the birth of a new architectural detail!
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