Raising the Portcullis
There were various systems to raise the Portcullis, depending on the
castle design. These might include counter weights, pulleys, and rope. A
late design of the Portcullis combined its mechanism with that of the
Drawbridge - when the Portcullis was dropped the Drawbridge was
Origin, Meaning of the word 'Portcullis'
The Origin and Meaning of the word
'Portcullis' derives from the Old French words 'porte coleice' meaning
Portcullis - Part of a Medieval Castle
The most prolific of the castle builders were
the Plantagenets. English King Edward I. These old
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 Portcullis features in the
Medieval castles built by the Plantagenets.
Facts and information about the many different parts of Castles! The
was an essential Castle part as a form of rapid response defence against intruders.