1150 - THE GREAT HALL OF LEICESTER CASTLE
It is believed that the Great Hall began life in the early part of the 12th Century under the watchful eye of the first Earl of Leicester, Robert de Beaumont. He was revered as the wisest man from here to Jerusalem. His loyalty, bravery and intelligence was known throughout the kingdom. Robert de Beaumont rebuilt the entire settlement at Leicester castle, re-establishing the motte and bailey defences and replacing the original wooden palisades with a stone wall.
Robert was a powerful man and had control of the royal forests. This proved vital in the construction of the Great Hall. Strong, tall and thick timber was required to create the wooden aisle posts and arcades of this impressive structure. When Robert de Beaumont died, his son, Robert "Le Bossu" (Robert the Hunchback), inherited the title of Earl of Leicester.