Alure Corbeling (13th Century)
Medium: Photographic print
Close view of the south curtain wall at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. Founded in the 12th Century, Kenilworth is the largest castle ruin in England and was one of the most magnificent noble residences in the country. The remaining original sections of the curtain wall date from the 13th and 14th centuries and encircle the Norman keep at the castle's heart. By this period the castle was formidably fortified by water defenses including a moat and a great artificial lake surrounding the wall. In this view, a fragment of corbelling can be seen. A corbel is a projecting stone block which functioned as a bracket for beams. Reverend Knowles described the architectural detail of this section as “a nice remnant of early parapet corbelling that carried the alure, (1240), then earlyish buttress demolished.” In castle architecture, an allure was the term for a walkway situated behind a parapet, so that it would be sheltered from attack.