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What is a wind-eye?

When you get to the top of the main staircase look to your left. Tucked up in the corner of the wall is what looks like a stone crucifix, with the shape of the cross cut out. This is a window [originally ‘windeye’, the place where the wind comes in] in the east wall of the first extension to the building. This window isn’t in its original position as there would have been no way to squeeze between the timbers to look out from the room above the main hall and the view the other way is blocked by timber beams. Why it was placed here is a mystery but it’s a rare survival of a window from hundreds of years ago.
 
 

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