NORMAN WINDOWS

 The Norman windows on the left

The Norman windows on the left

In the Crown Court, just above the jury seats you can discover two original Norman round headed windows with chevron decorations. They are partly obscured by the current roof structure. These windows display typical Norman architectural characteristics and are just one of the clues that point to the date of the original building.

The term Norman architecture is used to categorise styles of Romanesque architecture developed by the Normans in the various lands under their dominion or influence in the 11th and 12th centuries. Romanesque rounded arches (particularly over windows and doorways) are a common feature. Norman mouldings are carved or incised with geometric ornament, such as chevron patterns, frequently termed “zigzag" mouldings. 

Listen to a short interview with Richard Buckley, (Lead Archaeologist at Leicester University) describing these windows.