of the Rich &
- British Lords
and Kings were very rich and powerful in the
Dark Ages. They often lived in big
wooden buildings known as 'Great Halls'.
- These were the equivalent of
mansions or palaces today. They looked a bit like huge barns.
- A lord might have two great
halls, one next to the other.
- They were built of big wooden
beams. The walls were filled in with wattle & daub
(wickerwork covered in mud and animal poo!)
- The roofs were thatched with
reeds or straw.
- They might be surrounded by smaller
buildings used for lots of different purposes.
- Great Halls were often built in old
These were places where British lords had lived before the Romans came
to Britain. They were well built and safe from Saxon
- Some great halls were built in
new places. They were surrounded by small earth banks which formed
- Some lords lived in towns
was it like inside?