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Entrance to Carisbrook Castle

Entrance to Carisbrook Castle

Artist and engraver: Malton, T.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1785

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 23.h

Length: 23

Width: 30.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the gatehouse of Carisbrook Castle in the Isle of Wight. It is thought that the gatehouse was built by Lord Woodville and dates from the 14th century. This would have been one of the most vulnerable point of the castle and so it had to be well protected. The bridge which can also be seen in this print, was the only way into the castle and this led to the gatehouse. The bridge was narrow with high walls and this limited the number of attackers who could cross at any one time. Arches stood in and on top of the gatehouse and fired at the attackers. When gunpowder was introduced in the 15th century the gatehouse was adapted so that guns could be fired through gun loops. The gatehouse was protected with a portcullis and if defenders managed to gain access they had to move through three chambers before they entered the castle complex.

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