Next to the jury benches in the Crown Court you can discover a door with distinctive Norman decoration. Along with the Norman windows, this masonry work helps to date the origins of the Castle. In the Norman period this door would have led to a separate kitchen block housing fireplaces and spits.
The kitchen was not attached directly to the Great Hall for fear of fire. The service area contained a bake house, buttery, scullery, larder, brewery, saucery, spicery and chandlery. Servants would have entered from this doorway making their way through the building via the aisles, before moving into the central area to tend to the guests and noblemen sat on the Lord’s table at the far end of the Great Hall.
Listen to a short interview with Richard Buckley, (lead archaeologist at the University of Leicester) describing the kitchen.