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.