In another change of era, here’s a tour of some medieval ruins: the Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces in the Orkney capital of Kirkwall, situated opposite St Magnus Cathedral.
This is what it might have looked like when in use
Inside, you get an idea of the impressive size of this Palace, much of it in the vertical direction!
The outside view of the tower
And the inside, showing the layers of rooms
Clearly built to be defensible as well as a secular home, the palace was only used once for military purposes, and not by the Bishop.
The view from the top of the tower is commanding: Please forgive the slight wobble – I was videoing while walking around the outside of the top of the tower in the wind you can hear, plus, I’m not good with heights!
If I had been able to continue around the tower, the next thing you would have seen would be the Earl’s Palace, which is even larger and far more grandiose.
Walking around inside, it was easy to imagine the grand entertainments that took place within these walls
Although as this passageway demonstrates, not quite as grand if you happened to be a servant
For the Earl’s boudoir, on the other hand, opulence was clearly the order of the day, with multiple windows to let in plenty of light.
And my favourite photo from this set: me, standing inside the kitchen hearth!