The Medieval House
Medieval houses were built according to a specific plan. Three-unit houses were built around a hall, which was open to the roof and had a central hearth. Entry was through a screens passage which led to the hall. The parlour was a private room reached only from the high end of the hall. The layout of a medieval hall house reflected a hierarchical lifestyle. In towns, the plan could be modified where plots were narrow and owners built taller, narrower houses.