- A stone structure that protected the gate of a castle. Think of it as a gatehouse. It usually had a small tower on each side of the gate where guards could stand watch.The gateway or outworks defending the Drawbridge. A stone structure that protected the gate of a castle. Think of it as a gatehouse. It usually had a small tower on each side of the gate where guards could stand watch. Towers or outworks defending a gateway.An approach to a town or castle which is defended by a field of fire from one or more towers, generally two. The barbican itself, an outcropping from the gatehouse, allowed approach to the gate only through a narrow, easily defended passage.
Medieval glossary. 2014.
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