Study more about the parts of a castle and follow our castle diagrams that we have provided below in high quality! These 101 Diagramss show the illustration of early and Medieval castles parts and you can easily save the diagrams by right clicking the images. We’ll start by giving you the first diagram below.
The following castle diagrams will show you the parts of medieval castles. A Medieval castle was a very complex structure and there are lots of things about them that you will recognize. Arrow loops slots in the walls and structures that were used to shoot arrows through. They came in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Meanwhile, ashlar are blocks of smooth square stone. They can be of any kind of stone. It is the technique of closely joining them together. A good example of Ashlar can be seen in Bodiam castle. Bailey is a courtyard or open space surrounded by walls. The walls that make up the Bailey are also considered to be part of the Bailey. In a castle, there was usually a drawbridge which was a wooden bridge in front of the main gate of the castle. In the early centuries of castles it was moved horizontal to the ground and in the later centuries it was built so it could raise up in a hinged fashion. Take a tour to the following castles in the 101 Diagramss below.
The Keep was traditionally the heart of any Medieval castle layout. It was usually the tallest and strongest tower, situated at the heart of the fortifications. It was the strongest and the most fortified part of a castle – and, in early Medieval times, it’s where the nobles would have lived. In later Medieval times, as castles began to morph into grand residential buildings (from being fortresses), the nobles began to live in warmer, comfier chambers – and the keep became a strong-hold. The dungeon is another familiar and main part of the Castle. It is the deep dark cell typically underground and underneath a castle. This is a derivative of the word Dunjon. The Moat was a deep, wide ditch surrounding the whole Castle complex. Castles were built near a water supply such as a river, stream, lake or spring. Some castle moats were up to 30 feet deep and usually measured at least 12 feet in width. Battlements were the series of raised sections with gaps between them running along the top of a castle wall.
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