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Motte and Bailey Castles

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This gives you a brief idea about Motte and Bailey castles

A Motte and Bailey was the first castle that the Norman’s built, it was made up of two parts a Motte and a Bailey.

The Motte was a wooden castle on the top of a high earth mound and the Bailey was a courtyard at the bottom of the mound where the people lived. The Bailey was surrounded in a high wooden wall.

However, there were some disadvantages with the Motte and Bailey castle.

  1. Since the castles were made out of wood, they caught fire very easily.
  2. The wood also rotted very easily.

With all these disadvantages the Normans soon changed the building material.

Motte and Bailey Castles

Joshua Bingham - 2005