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The upper levels are now sadly not accessible to the public but are honeycombed with numerous chambers, including a small consecrated chapel, a school and many unidentified rooms that we can only now speculate as to their former use. Above the Solar chamber was the servants quarters known as the "windy hall", presumably this level was unglazed. The staircase then terminates at the battlements which run completely around the castle, encompassing parapets, murder holes, garrets, watch towers and guard house. It is believed that the barracks could contain up to 20 or so mercenaries. This level has been greatly altered over the centuries, originally being constructed from wood. It is clear that preconceptions about life in a castle often cloud perceptions. Far from the bare draughty structures imagined, these buildings were warm pleasant, often luxurious places. When one remembers the owners of such castles were by modern day standards millionaires, it is quite conceivable every comfort available at the time would be utilised to enrich living standards, and as such, for those within the castle the surroundings would be very luxurious. 18


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