You are looking at oak timbers as they were built over 500
years ago. It's the view of the roof from the kitchen, with
its enormous fireplace, in
Gainsborough Old Hall in Lincolnshire,
England. It's the most complete medieval kitchen in England.
Gainsborough Old Hall is among the biggest and best-preserved
medieval manor houses in England. It is part oak timber-framed but
mostly brick, built in 1460 with later Elizabethan additions. It's
a roof King Henry VIII may have looked at when he visited Gainsborough in 1509
and again in 1541.
The kitchen still contains many original features,
including two bread ovens and two massive open fireplaces (below), each large
enough to roast an ox.