Machiolations were long holes let into the roof from the
battlements of a castle. Skilled marksman would shoot arrows through
these holes on attackers, without being seen by the enemies.
The outer defense building in a castle,
which is situated close to the gatehouse where there is the
drawbridge (a bridge that can be lowered and raised) and the
portcullis is known as a barbican. A portcullis is a
large door made of iron or wooden bars.
Inside a castle
Having heard about the fortifications outside a castle, aren’t
you curious to know what the inside of a castle consists? A castle
usually consists of living quarters for the royal family or the
nobility, kitchens, banqueting halls, wells and granaries. They
also included cellars for wines and stores. There also would be
stables for the horses, space for animals to be housed and space for
their requirements to be stored and preserved.
Do you know what garderobes are? These were
the toilets. They were set into the thick outer walls of the
The most important portion of the castle
was the armory where all the weapons would be stored. Some castles
included a paved courtyard in the centre or gardens for the
residents to relax in. There were also laundries and places where
various craftsmen such as blacksmith and potters worked.
Wasn’t that quite an interesting tour?