The next stop on our tour is
the Castle Keep.
mighty tower is the strongest part of the Lego castle. It is also where the
Baron and his family live.
the Inner Ward, we must pass through a strong entryway to gain access to
The first room we enter
in the Keep is
the Castle Court. This is where legal matters are heard, tithes and
taxes are paid, and the daily business of the castle occurs. The Scribe
keeps track of who pays their taxes. Here’s a vassal paying his taxes
of Christ the King
Now we’ll take a look at
some of the rooms higher in the Keep. We’ll visit the Chapel, Tower
Prison, Baliff’s Chambers, the Solar, the Great Chamber, and many more
This is the Chapel of Christ
the King. The lord and lady began each day by attending a short service
here. People pray not just in the chapel on Sundays, but also before
they start any important task.
The Chapel is where Mass is
celebrated by the Chaplain. The Chaplain is a priest who provides for
the spiritual welfare of the Baron and his family, as well as for the
laborers and Castle Garrison. He also supervisors the education of the
Inside this Chapel there is
a Reliquary. A Reliquary is a box or shrine that contains the
relics of a Saint or some other holy item. On special Feast Days, this
Reliquary is carried in procession through the Town.
Below the Chapel is an
Arcosolium. A Saint is buried here. A Saint is someone who is officially
recognized as having lived an exceptionally holy life and is a good
example for the rest of us. His name is listed on a list called a canon
– that’s why we say he is "canonized."
Open to Heaven
The Chapel is traditionally
the highest room in the castle, so that there’s nothing between the
Chapel and Heaven. Sometimes, when that wasn’t possible, the builders
jetted the chapel outwards from the castle so that nothing was between the Tabernacle and Heaven.
Just outside the Chapel is
the Sacristy. This is where sacred vessels and vestments are stored.
Further up, we find some
more guards playing a game of cards. There are lots of guards in the
High in the Keep is the
Tower Prison. This is where important enemy prisoners are kept until
their families pay their ransom.
of the Guard
Here are the quarters of the
Captain of the Guard. This is his private room from where he makes plans
to protect the castle.
The Captain of the Guard
even has his own balcony.
Now, we visit the Bailiff’s
Chamber. The Bailiff is appointed by the Baron to collect rents and
taxes. He also counts and stores the Baron’s treasure. He has one of the
few rooms with glass windows. This is so his ink doesn’t freeze in
Next to the Bailiff’s Chamber is the
Castle Treasury. This is a locked room where tax revenues and other
valuables are stored.
The Bailiff even keeps some
of the treasure hidden away, just in case there might be robbers lurking
the skywalk and the Great Hall is a skywalk that can be raised in case
the Great Hall is captured.
we enter the Solar, which means "sun-room." This is where the Baron and
his family spend most of their time. If you listen, you can hear the
Baroness singing nearby.
Off to the side of the Solar
is the Study. This is a room devoted to study and literary pursuits.
and Lady's Balcony
On the other side of the
Solar is a Balcony. Sometimes the Lord and Lady come out here to enjoy
the fresh air, and overlook their immense lands.
Here is the wardrobe. This
is where the Lord’s clothing is kept is locked chests. The Chamberlain
is in charge of the Wardrobe. He also helps dress the Baron.
Next door is the Pallet
Room, or Chamberlain’s Quarters. The Chamberlain is the lord’s personal
servant. The Chamberlain protects the baron at night by sleeping nearby
the Baron’s bed chamber.
Hidden away behind a secret panel, the Chamberlain also takes
care to protect some of the Baron’s Treasures.
Finally, we reach the Great
Chamber. This is the Lord and Lady’s bedroom. After his horses and
armour, a Baron's bed is usually his most valuable possession. The bed
frame is curtained with heavy drapes to protect them from freezing
drafts in the winter. The Baron’s favorite falcon also sleeps here.
Next to the Great Chamber is
the Lady’s Garden. This is where the Baroness relaxes by cultivating
daylilies and other flowers.
Further up are the Maids
Quarters. The Lady-in-Waiting and Maids assist the Lady. The
Lady-in-Waiting is a companion of slightly lower rank than the Lady.
Baths were rarely taken because of the effort involved in
heating the water and carrying it up so high in the Keep.
At the top of the Keep is
the Food Store. This is where an additional supply of food is kept in
case of a siege.
Let’s make our way
downstairs. We’ll visit the Alchemist’s Laboratory, Castle Kitchen,
Cellar and Dungeon. I might even let you in on a couple of secrets.
Here is the Alchemist’s
Laboratory. He spends most of his time trying to turn ordinary metals,
such as copper and lead, into gold. The Alchemist is a constant pain in
the Baron’s side.
Next we visit the Castle
Kitchen. There is where food is prepared by the Chief Cook and his
helpers. Scullions are junior servants who do most of the work. The
Turnspit roasts meat by turning the spit in front of the kitchen’s fire.
Next to the kitchen is the
Pantry. This is where bread and other foodstuffs are stored. The Pantler
is in charge of the Pantry. The Pantry is also where food is arranged
Below the Pantry is the Spice
Store. This is where valuable spices are kept under lock and key.
Further down in the Keep is
the Cellar. This is where more food is stored. There you can see some
herbs hanging from the ceiling in order to dry.
The Rat Catcher is always busy down here, trying to keep rats out of the
Water is one of the
most valuable commodities. You can survive a long time without food, but
not so with water. Some water comes from wells dug deep into the ground.
Rainwater is another source – it is collected in Cisterns. Water from
the Cistern flows down lead pipes and into the kitchen.
In the deepest recesses of
the Keep is the Dungeon. This is where the Jailer locks up prisoners.
Prisoners are "usually" only kept here until their trial, at which point
they are either set free, punished by fine, torture, or execution.
Now, I’ll let yet in on a couple of secrets…
Prisoners in the
often complain of sulpherous smells and loud roars. There is a rumor
that a Dragon’s Lair is located through a hidden door right next to the
The Dragon's Lair
is where the Dragon supposedly keeps his stolen treasures. Of course,
there aren’t really any dragons down here – people just image there are.
At least I think so. So just in case, beware of the Lego dungeons and
remember that Alchemist? Well, he has a twin brother who is often
sneaking through a hidden passage which leads from the Alchemist’s
Laboratory to the Cellar. If only the Baron knew about his secret twin,
many a misdeed would be explained.