THE GREAT HALL

The image you see below shows what the hall looks like now from where King Richard used to sit. But did you know, this hall began life as one big room? Try tapping on the NOW and THEN buttons to see how different it used to be!

You can see that this place has changed a lot. Before the court rooms were built this was one big room. And that’s why it’s called the Great Hall. In the winter they would light a big fire in the middle of the room to keep warm. There was no chimney, so the smoke would just stay up in the roof. I guess that would have been quite smelly!

Did you know? Leicester Castle was not a castle like you might imagine. Actually it was a whole lot of buildings all inside some strong stone walls that could keep the place safe if it was attacked. And this was the biggest and most important of all those buildings.

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