"There is no doubt in my mind that Salisbury Cathedral is the single most beautiful structure in England and the Close around it the most beautiful space." Bill Bryson, Notes From a Small Island
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The Medieval Hall is designated by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport as being a building of ‘outstanding interest’ (Grade 2*). It is one of few surviving examples in England of a 13th century ‘open hall’.
The fine oak timber framed roof spans 31ft (9.45m) and represents the epitome of structural engineering of the period.
The raised dais for the ‘High Table’, the ‘Screens Passage’, the ‘Central Hearth’ together with a ‘Smoke Hole’ in the roof above, the three doorways in the back wall which originally led to the domestic offices, the extremely rare preserved fragment of original 13th century painted wall decoration - are all important features of this unique medieval building.