Medieval Fireplace

The medieval fire in the lounge is a difficult entity.  As this area was originally for storage it would not have had a hearth. At some point in the past someone wanted to add on so they broke into the flue from the third floor bathroom and used it to add this hearth.  It never ceases to amaze me the extent of difficulty people were willing to go to in the past in order to change something that today we would say would be impossible due to the amount of work being disproportionate to the benefits.