The unique 14th century hammer-beam
roof of Westminster Hall is the largest medieval timber roof in Northern Europe.
The Town Court is unchanged since it was designed by York architect Robert Trollope in 1655 and the room features a hammer-beam
roof with carved masks supporting the various guilds of the town.
Whilst the Tudor State Apartments are magnificent--with the Great Hall's spectacular hammer-beam
roof (left) and the Great Watching Chamber's gold-leafed ceiling, and the walls in both decorated with sumptuous sixteenth-century tapestries--they currently give visitors little sense of what it was actually like to be present at Henry VIII's court.
Beneath the central tower a wide staircase takes you to the great hall, soaring three storeys high to the open hammer-beam
Not just for God's presence, perhaps, but at the hammer-beam
roof, restored 20 years ago.
They do not require the cover of gothic arches and hammer-beam
It is considered one of the state's most significant examples of Gothic Revival architecture, with purist details like a functional hammer-beam
roof and a paneled altar decorated with strapwork designs flanking a center embroidered cross.