Originally a room above ground level, but commonly applied to the great chamber or a private sitting room off the great hall. (Gies, Joseph and Francis. Life in a Medieval Castle, 226) Private withdrawing room, usually on an upper floor. (Kenyon, John R. Medieval Fortifications, 212) Private room always on upper level, often the private bed-sittingroom of the owner and his family. (Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 414) Note: sol (French) = floor, solive = beam Related terms: Castle
Upper level private withdrawing room, often on a balcony over the great hall, used by the lord and his guests. The Hemyock manor house still has traces of the old solars above the great hall. Long ago, the great hall was converted to form two storeys.