A grating dropped vertically from grooves to block passage or gate in castle; of wood, metal or a combination of the two.
Portcullis - A heavy timber or metal grill that protected the castle entrance and could be raised or lowered from within the castle. It dropped vertically between grooves to block passage or barbican, or to trap attackers.
A vertical sliding grating of iron positioned over a gateway in the gatehouse and lowered between groves to prevent passage.
Portcullis: vertical sliding wooden grille shod with iron suspended in front of a gateway designed to protect the gate
Postern Gate: a secondary gate or door often located at the rear of the castle.
portcullis - gate consisting of an iron or wooden grating that hangs in the entry to a castle or fortified town; can be lowered to prevent passage
postern - a small gate in the rear of a fort or castle ...
wood and iron grille-pattern gate which was raised and lowered in grooves by ropes or chains, in front of or behind an entrance
Portal frameA single-storey frame used from the 20th century, comprising two uprights rigidly connected to a beam or pair of rafters, particularly to support a roof.PortcullisGate constructed to rise and fall in vertical grooves at the entry ...
Breastwork: Heavy parapet slung between two gate towers; defense work over the portcullis. Bressumer: Beam to support a projection.
- (Scottish) open metal grid, hinged to form protection for a doorway, a sort of Scottish portcullis.
Here the gate is sandwiched between two towers and protected by machicolation and a portcullis.
In fortification, a bacule is a kind of portcullis or gate, made like a pit-fall, with a counterpoise, and supported by two great stakes. It is usually made before the corps de garde advancing near the gates.
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During the 1920s, architects with a flare for drama tried to capture the flavor of medieval England and Europe. Half timbered and turreted, pinnacled and portcullised, the homes they built combined features from many traditions, ...
See also: Cullis, Castle, Gate, Door, House