- What was the Origin, Meaning or Definition of the Castle
- Description of a castle Castle Drawbridge
- What was the purpose of the Castle Drawbridge and how
did it help defenses?
- How did a Castle Drawbridge move?
The Castle Drawbridge - A Modern Bascule Bridge
The Drawbridge is now described as a Bascule type of bridge - a
bascule bridge tilts upward to open. The drawbridge works by
counterbalance so that when one end is lowered the other is
raised - so that when one end is lowered the other is raised -
the seesaw principle - moved by weights.
Parts of a Medieval Drawbridge
Some of the working parts of a Medieval drawbridge are described
- Rainures or Gaffs were the recesses for the
- Trunnions were axles on which a drawbridge turned - one
of a pair of projecting pivots
- Windlass was a mechanical device used to raise and lower
A late design of the Drawbridge combined its mechanism with
that of the Portcullis - when the
Portcullis was dropped the Drawbridge was automatically raised.
The Drawbridge was introduced with Norman and Plantagenet
castles during the Medieval period 1066 - 1485. The old Medieval
Castles were a symbol of wealth and power and were often the
centre of historic battles and Medieval sieges. These great old
castles were built for Medieval warfare and defence and new
parts of the castle were designed accordingly! This section of
'Castles' provides interesting facts and information about the
many different parts of Castles! The Drawbridge was an essential
Castle part as a form of defence against intruders.