Hi Richard,

I searched through the photo archives and eventually found a shot of an open hall fire in action, just as it was started up on a late winters afternoon.

Open Hall Hearth

This hall is in North Cray at Singleton and shows the centrally positioned hearth and the hall mullion windows & shuters (lower open upper closed) which can maybe be seen more clearly from outside the building.

North Cray Open Hall

The draught across the fire is quite dramatic with rising sparks leaving a photographic trail pointing towards the hall door which had been left open to help clear the start up smoke.


Ken Hume

Looking back to see the way ahead !