Description of the Curtain Wall
The Curtain was an outer wall which surrounded the bailey (
Motte and Bailey castles ) or Medieval castle buildings. The
purpose of the curtain wall was to protect the interior of the
castle. The wall was often connected by flanking towers which
could house castle defenders. Sometimes arrow slits were a
feature of the curtain wall enabling castle defenders to safely
shoot at any attackers. Built for defence the curtain wall
varied in size from 6 - 20 feet thick, up to 45 feet high and up
to 1,500 feet long!
History of the Curtain Wall
The curtain wall was one of the most important forms of defence
and, as such, its history dates back to the Hillforts of the
Iron and Bronze Ages.