The enormous hearth of this great hall blazes with leaping flames, reducing the cold of the great hall from a tooth-chattering chill to merely uncomfortable. The markings along the floor of the hall are evidence of countless gatherings within its walls, from noble’s meals to times of great celebration, wedding ceremonies and baptisms. Along the rear wall of the hall, a gallery stands above behind a rail, for minstrels to fill the hall with sonorous sounds aided by the acoustics of its vaulted ceiling.