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Taken during a lovely one day TE meeting in Edinburgh a week ago, this is the interior of Edinburgh Castle's Great Hall.

Commissioned by King James IV of Scotland in the early years of the 16th Century, the hall might or might not have been fully completed before his death on 9th September, 1513 during the Battle of Flodden Field. James IV of Scotland was the last British monarch to die on the battlefield.

The Great Hall is interesting insofar as it is one of only two mediaeval halls in Scotland with an original "hammerbeam" roof, the timbers for which are believed to have been sourced from Norway.

Following Oliver Cromwell's seizure of the castle in 1650, the Great Hall was converted into a barracks for his troops; and in 1737 it was subdivided into three storeys to house 312 soldiers. Following the construction of the New Barracks in the 1790s, it became a military hospital until 1897. It was then restored by the architect Hippolyte Blanc in line with what were then contemporary ideas of mediaeval architecture. The Great Hall is still occasionally used for ceremonial occasions.

There were a lot of visitors this day and I made no effort to try to remove any from this photograph. The painting on the far wall, incidentally, is of Sergeant Charles Ewart of the Royal North British Dragoons (the Scots Greys), who single-handedly captured the eagle and standard of the French 45th infantry at Waterloo on 18 June 1815.

ISO 2000, 1/80 sec at f/4, focal length 21mm.

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