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There are two staircases leading from the basement to the next level. The first is a small access staircase designed as a private passage between the levels for the family. This allowed easy quick access for the family and important guest’s access without meeting staff. The second links all the levels of the keep, terminating at the battlements. The second door up this staircase, decorated with painted shields, leads to an impressive stone flagged chamber measuring some 31 feet by 21 feet - the Great Hall. The Great Hall, used as a meeting, living and banquet room, would have originally been plastered and painted with murals in vivid prime colours, depicting historical, religious and heraldic themes. All walls were highly decorated with heraldic, religious and symbolic murals, often detailed with gold leaf. The Great Hall was the heart of the castle and busy throughout the whole day. This room was purposely designed and decorated to impress visitors and would have been best seen at night when the walls would have reflected the light source. The Great Hall would have been a busy room throughout the entire day. The first meal of the day would be served in this room some hours after the occupants had risen and worked and served religious penances. This meal, Break Fast would generally be taken around 11.00am. Most of the afternoon the Great Hall would be used as a collection point for local taxes, a court room for settling disputes and issuing swift and harsh judgment and a meeting room. Taxation collected here, was usually paid in the form of goods 11


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