Great Hall E wall, central arch detail

Image of the feature "III. Exterior Features: 2. Windows: Great Hall E windows" at Berkeley Castle.

by Ron Baxter.

Along the east wall are three tall, round-headed window embrasures.  The exterior of these windows was completely remodelled in the 14thc, but the interior embrasures  retain some 12thc features, albeit heavily restored. The two southern embrasures have continuously-moulded angle rolls between quadrant hollows on face and soffit and hollow-chamfered labels over the arches only.  The angle-rolls are cylindrical with extremely narrow fillets rather than true keels.  A wooden screen divides the northernmost of the three arches, and the stair to the gallery is contained within that embrasure.  The south jamb and arch of this embrasure are treated in the same way as the other two, but the north jamb rises through the gallery floor, and in place of the angle-roll on this jamb is a heavier nook-shaft on an attic base and carrying a double trumpet-scalloped capital with recessed shields and a keeled angle-trumpet, the keel being continued by the usual fine fillet over the plain chamfered necking and down the nook-shaft.