Ready to continue on? Great!
Last week we left off at the top of the stairs to the second floor entrance of the Tower. As we move back down those stairs and turn to our right, this is what you'll see:
Yes exactly, like in Downton Abbey. :)
From here, if we turn left...
Would you like a closer look at the fireplace? Me too!
How many different stone building materials do you count?
How about the black and white checkered ceramic tiles inside the base of the fireplace itself?
What do you think the 1400's ancestors of the 1900's users of this castle would have thought of their descendants tastes and uses of fireplaces?
Again, I don't have the answer obviously, but those type of philosophical questions make my heart and head happy.
Ready to see the next fireplace? Of COURSE you are! :)
My guess is that this one was a "room heater" only, due to it's size. Drafty castles needed a fireplace in every room, as there wasn't any central heating invented as such until the mid 1700-1800's. And even then, many didn't "install" one as they were extremely expensive.
Interestingly, the ancient Greeks and Romans developed and used some "high tech" central heating systems in their buildings. However, "after the collapse of the Roman Empire, overwhelmingly across Europe, heating reverted to more primitive fireplaces for almost a thousand years." (Thank you Wiki!)
Alright - are you ready for the last of the fireplaces for the week?
Here we go!
I LOVE this ruin of a fireplace, because we can see the stages/improvements over time of it! I find it so interesting that they simply laid the new brick over the old brick. I imagine it would have been MUCH more expensive (and maybe impossible via physics and engineering?) to remove the old brick first, before installing the new.
Well that wraps up our tour for this week. I hope you've enjoyed the fireplaces!
In parting, here's one of my favorite quotes about fire:
"Candles are the way we keep fire as pets."
Blessings on your Journey,