INTRODUCTION TO THE HALL

 Great Hall

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. 

The Great Hall is almost certainly the oldest surviving aisled and bay-divided timber hall in Britain. Built to reflect the standards and values of the highest levels of society, Leicester Castle became known as the Palace of the Midlands. The interior was a large and imposing room divided into a central nave about 7.31metres wide (24ft) with two aisles. The walls of the Great Hall were built from local sandstone and are 1.3m thick. Strong, tall and thick timber was required to create the wooden aisle posts and arcades of this impressive structure.

Listen to a short interview with Richard Buckley, (lead archaeologist at University of Leicester) who describes the structure of Leicester Castle’s Great Hall.