This post is basically for my friend Fiona. I told her about finding a room in the castle where I work the other day and never got round to uploading the photographs so here they are!
Every now and again I like to go for a wander round my work. It’s such a cool place to spend your days that you never know what you might come across. Last week we were told we might be moving offices to a part of the castle I’d never seen before, which put me in the mood to have a bit of an explore. So after lunch I set off determined to keep my eyes open for new doors and staircases which I hadn’t previously explored. I headed out of the back door to the staff room and instantly noticed a flight of stairs to my left. I must have walked past them at least a dozen times (I don’t often go out that way) and not seen them before, it all goes to show how much we can miss if we don’t observe the world around us.
The steep stone steps led to a door heading off to the right…I peeped my head round but it appeared to lead to classrooms (boring). Behind the door though the stairway became wooden and spiralling with a rope handrail. I always think these look useless, but I suppose if you slip it’s better than nothing!
At the top of the stairs there was a long corridor and then…oddly…another flight of stairs, this time leading down! Why have stairs going to a landing just to go back down again? Seems very odd! It can be very strange being somewhere with noone around when you’re in a busy college in term time, so by this point I was creeping along the creaky floor in case I stumbled across an office or study room. But instead I came across what I have now labelled the Griffindor Common Room…check this out!
For me it was like discovering the room of requirement. So often I’m looking for a quiet place to read my book without appearing anti social and now voila, I have somewhere with comfy sofas not more then 5 minutes away from the coffee machine!! To the students (who have a far better grasp of the castle than I) I’m sure this room, and all route to it are well known, but to me that castle is still a mystery. Working at the college you tend to visit far less of it than living or studying there, I have no idea where most of the teaching rooms are for example and didn’t even know we had dorms within the castle (rather than the student houses) until this summer. Discovering rooms like this makes me wonder what else could be tucked away behind those stone walls.
I hope I find them all before I leave!
Update: Apparently this is what the room used to look like back in the day. The castle used to be used as accommodaton for the students, before the boarding houses were built. Back then this was the main common room. Doesn’t it look cosy?