• The Kitchen.
  • From the screens passage, the central arch led down a corridor to the Kitchen, sometimes called the Great Kitchen. This immense room would have been the center of all somestic life in the castle as this is where all the food would have been prepared for everyday as well as special occasions.
    The Kitchen had a terifically high ceiling reaching up the height of the curtain wall, some two storeys. The purpose of this feature was to dissipate the tremendous heat generated by the two huge fires used for cooking.
    Besides the corridor, there was further access to the Kitchen through a large doorway that opened onto the courtyard. Above this was one of three windows that lit the room. This first reached to almost the height of the room, being the principal light of the room. A second, smaller, window overlooked the moat, while a further looked out through the wall beside the door to the South Tower.
    The cooking took place on fires set in two great fireplaces. They were both lined with roof tiles which were laid edge on to prevent them from cracking under the terrific heat produced by the fires. The main fireplace in the South wall is 13 feet wide and would have been covered by a large stone hood carried on shaped stones (sconces) projecting from the wall. A small, flat bracket attached to the jamb may have once held a light. The other fireplace, in the north wall, lined in the same way as the first, although smaller and without the hood, contained a circular baking oven and would have been used for baking bread.