NORMAN CAPITALS

 Norman Capital

Norman Capital

Behind the magistrate’s chair in the Civil Court you can find a large wooden pillar embedded in the wall. This is part of one of the original Norman wooden pillars that would have stood at regular intervals along the length of the building, either side of the nave. A Norman decorative archway framing the dais has long since been removed, but would have stretched from a capital sat at the top of that pillar, across the nave to meet another timber pillar. 

An original Norman Capital can be found in the entrance hall of Leicester Castle. To view this historic object make your way up the short set of stairs towards the back of the building. You will discover a Norman capital displayed on a pedestal.

Listen to a short interview with Richard Buckley, (lead archaeologist at the University of Leicester) describing the principal arch of the Great Hall.