This was a wooden bridge in front of the main gate of the castle. In the early centuries of castles it was moved horizontal to the ground and in the later centuries it was built so it could raise up in a hinged fashion.
Heavy timber platform built to span a moat between a gate house and surrounding land that could be raised using ropes or chains, to block the entrance, when required. Hemyock Castle is believed to have had a counter-weighted drawbridge, pivoted at the inner end.
The moveable section of a wooden bridge or causeway, often over a moat, operated by counterweights to keep an enemy force from the easy approach to the gatehouse.
♦ A wooden bridge leading to a gateway, capable of being raised or lowered.
(Gies, Joseph and Francis. Life in a Medieval Castle, 226)

Medieval glossary. 2014.

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