Description of the Castle Gatehouse
The Castle Gatehouse a fortified structure built over the
gateway to a castle.
The Castle Gatehouse was built up to three three storeys
Ground floor contained the guard rooms
First floor contained guard quarters and the machinery
to operate the portcullis
Top floor stored weapons and murder holes
Origin, Meaning of the word 'Castle Gatehouse'
The Origin and Meaning of the word 'Castle Gatehouse' derives
from the original word 'gate' which was later combined with the
fortified structure built over the gateway giving the word
Introduction of the Castle Gatehouse
The Castles were protected by a strong gate dating back to the
Bronze Age Hillforts and the great Roman structures. Even
Hadrians Wall featured gatehouses. The Castle Gatehouse featured
strongly in Concentric Castles. The nature and complexity of the
Concentric castles resulted in the inclusion of several
gatehouses in the Castle design and architecture.
The Castle Gatehouse
Facts and information about the many different parts of Castles!
The Castle Gatehouse was an essential Castle part for ensuring a
safe retreat against intrusion or invasion!