"Inns of Hârn" Project
The plans (maps) linked to on this page can be used as a basis for the submitted layout description of a tavern or an inn. Please refer to the plans by their number given here (e.g. "using Plan 1").
Note these plans are outline, and do not have doors and windows drawn, nor are they furnished. Room function is also not indicated to allow the greatest flexibility in your description. Normally the largest room will be the common room (bar). Cellars can be added to all the plans, just indicate in the description where the trap door is.
Once a inn or tavern write-up is submitted I will modify the plan according to the submitter's description and add details such as furnishings.
Plans of inns and taverns
- Plan 1: Small Undercroft and hall)
Plot Size: 26 x 36 ft - 3 floors - 2800 sq ft
Undercrofts were a early medieval feature. The vaulted semi-cellar is accessed from the street and contains a business. The hall above has separate access and is used as a residence. The two functions of the building may be totally unrelated, or the owner of the undercroft business may also live above. The hall has been modified at a later date into a townhouse. This structure is very unlikely to have an additional cellar.
- Plan 2: Clanhouse / Longhouse)
Plot Size: 66 x 32 ft - 1 floor - 1780 sq ft
A thick walled longhouse, roughly 60 x 24 ft internally, divided into one large chamber and two smaller rooms. This sort of structure normality had stone or stone and turf walls and thatch or turf roof. The innkeep's clan would normally have accommodation in a neighbouring house. If this building has a cellar it is likely to be a small wooden chamber under the center of the hall.
- Plan 3: Single winged Inn)
Plot size: 57 x 61 ft - 2.5 floors - 6060 sq ft
This inn has a 'L' shaped plan, with a small courtyard behind. The main building has two main floors, and an additional half floor in the loft. The smaller wing has only a single floor. This is a large inn, with plenty of accommodation space but only a small common room. The structure could have an cellar.
- Plan 4: A double winged Inn)
Plot Size: 65 x 42 ft - 2.5 floors - 5090 sq ft
This building has two main wings connected by a smaller central section. The larger wing is hall used as a common room, the rest of the building is given over to accommodation and stores, with a small loft area. This could be a purpose built inn, or one made by knocking together two standing buildings.
- Plan 5: Large rectangular Alehouse
Plot Size: 40 x 65 ft - 1.5 floors - 3225 sq ft
Most of the tavern area is given over to the common room, minimal accommodation space is available. This Alehouse is obviously from areas where land is not very valuable, such as a village, since the plot size is so large in relation to possible income.
- Plan 6: Rectangular Inn
Plot Size: 30 x 60 ft- 3 floors - 5400 sq ft
This inn has several large rooms in addition to the generous accommodation provision. The inn has a thin cross-section, with the long side of the inn facing towards the street. The inn could be extended by a cellar or a loft (ladder from ).
- Plan 7: Large Courtyard Inn with Ostler
2.5 floors - 12960 sq ft
This is a huge inn arranged round a courtyard, with integral ostlers providing both stabling for the inns guest as well as more general farrier work. The inn proper is of 2.5 floors and can cater for a large number of guests. This inn is able to cope with a large caravan and could be sited on a major caravan route. The inn could be extended with a cellar level.
- Plan 8: Urban Courtyard Inn with Stables
Plot size: 40 x 80 ft - 3 floors - ? sq ft
- Plan 9: Urban Inn with separate loft area
Plot size: 35 x 65 ft - 2.5 floors - 6045 sq ft
- Plan 10: Rectangular urban Inn/Tavern
Plot Size: 35 x 55 ft - 2 floors - 3850 sq ft
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John Sgammato , 05/05/98