Interior view of Harewood Castle, a 14th century fortified manor house off the west side of Harrogate Road. It shows the great hall which measures approx. 16.5 metres by 9 metres. There is a large fireplace set into the south wall and the room above is the solar. The weathering for the steeply pitched roof can also be seen. The most important feature of this room is the elaborate recess, right, with a cusped arch and a crocketed ogee gable (the architectural term 'ogee' defines a gable which is partly concave and partly convex). There is a carved stone frieze of vineleaves and the recess is back lit by a small window. It is widely thought that the recess was used to display treasured plate in the same way as a 'buffet' or 'sideboard' would. In 2001 the Grade I listed building was placed on the 'Buildings at Risk' register as an urgent priority. A grant of £500,000 was provided by English Heritage to enable a three year repair and consolidation programme to get underway, beginning with the south-east and south-west towers. Image courtesy of Paul Baker.
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