Description of the Medieval Castle Loopholes
The Castle Loopholes were narrow vertical windows from which castle defenders launched arrows from a sheltered position. Castle Loopholes are also referred to as loopholes, arrow loops or bow loops. Castle Loopholes were different designs and sizes which accommodated the shape of different weapons. Castle Loopholes were accessed from wide inside areas narrowing to long, narrow apertures. The Castle Loopholes
were built to accommodate the archers who launched arrows using the short bow, the crossbow and the longbow.
Design of the Medieval Castle Loopholes
Initially the Castle Loopholes were just simple vertical slots measuring less than two inches wide on the outside. The length of the Castle Loopholes averaged between 3 to 9 feet.