History of the Palisade
The palisade 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 and the Forts of the Roman Empire! Palisades were
made of heavy timbers and later became a feature of the Norman
Motte and Bailey Castles which were built by the Normans. The
wooden wall ( palisade) was subject to rot when built on an
earth base and could be destroyed by fire. The wooden walls were
therefore replaced by stone curtain walls.
Origin, Meaning of the word 'Palisade'
The Origin and Meaning of the word 'Palisade' derives from the
Latin words 'palicea and palis' meaning a stake.