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Yeavering Hall, external
 
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To appreciate the hall better, you can view a movie of the interior of the Great Hall.
 

Yeavering Saxon Royal Palace: Great Hall

The excavations at Yeavering uncovered a sequence of buildings in the centre of the site, each one replacing an earlier version. Around 627AD this building appears to have had an important place within the royal centre.

The reconstruction here shows what the Great Hall may have looked like from the outside, and you may view alternative reconstructions in the site archive, including Hope-Taylor's own reconstruction of the Great Hall. All the reconstructions are based on plans produced by Brian Hope-Taylor. You can view part of the building in plan here or marvel at the depth of the foundations.

What was the Great Hall used for? When Hope-Taylor published his excavation report he discussed the function of the Great Hall (which he called building A4 and its predecessor building A2). He drew on the myth of Beowulf in which the royal hall is a place of feasting and drinking and considered the possibility that platforms along the sides of the hall were used to carry tables and benches, along which revellers would be rolling in the aisles, convivial horns refilled and minstrels playing from table to table. More importantly, these arrangements were also suitable for providing ceremonies, particularly processions and protocol.
 
PREHISTORIC BURIALROMAN PERIOD FARMANGLO-SAXON ROYAL PALACEMEDIEVAL VILLAGEMEDIEVAL CASTLEPOST-MEDIEVAL LEAD WORKINGTWENTIETH CENTURY COAL MINE