Parts of a Castle
- What were the parts of the
Castles which were called the Crenellations?
- What was the Keep?
What was the Garderobe?
What were the names of the rooms in different parts of the castles?
What was the function of the Great Hall?
- What are the names given to
other parts of the castles?
Parts of a Castle -
The Norman Castles
The Normans introduced the wooden Motte and Bailey Castles to England
following their victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Norman
timber Motte and Bailey castles were quickly replaced by permanent stone
Norman castles. The names of many Castle parts therefore had a French
origin. The great Norman Keep replaced the wooden tower - this is one of
the main parts of a castle that are explained in this section. The
Plantagenets followed the Normans and the great Medieval concentric
castles were built and new castle parts were added to strengthen the
defences of castles.
Parts of a Castle - The Medieval Castles
The most prolific of the Plantagenet castle builders was the Plantagenet English King Edward I. These old
Edwardian Medieval Castles
were a symbol of wealth and power and were often the centre of historic
battles and Medieval sieges! These great old castles were built for
Medieval warfare and defence and new parts of the castle were designed
accordingly! The Medieval architect and engineer who designed many of the
main parts of the Medieval castle was Master James of St George. These
Medieval castles introduced many main parts of a castle including the
Drawbridge, Portcullis, Barbican, Crenellations, Death Traps and Murder
Parts of a Castle - Moats!
One of the most familiar and main parts of Medieval castles is the moat.
There are many legends and myths
surrounding the Moats of Medieval Castles. Perhaps the most famous is the
myth that there were dragons or alligators in the moats of the Medieval Castles!
What was the purpose of the moat?
- How did moats help with
the defences of Medieval Castles?
- How deep were the
Parts of a Castle - Dungeons!
The dungeon is another familiar and main part of the Castle.
The very word 'dungeon' conjures up a dark vision of one of the most
infamous parts of a castle:
- What were
- Who were thrown
- Were Instruments
of Torture used on prisoners?
- The horror of
the dungeon fascinates all of those interested in the
different parts of the Medieval Castle
Parts of a Castle - Castle Moats, Dungeons
and Parts & a
Glossary of Terms!
This section covering the different parts of a Medieval Castle, including
the moat and the dungeon, is fascinating. Can you name 20 different parts
of a castle? This section will provide you with full details of the
description, origin and purpose or function of different parts of a
castle. The following links
provide access to facts and information about the different main parts of the Castle: