Friday, July 2, 2010
Once the intruders had entered the gatehouse, they were defenseless. Poised above, the archers would rein a flurry of arrows below. At the same time, soldiers would drop heavy stones, boiling water, molten lead or tar. Occasionally, excrement and even the odd dead body would also be tossed from above - obviously to intimidate and disgust the attackers.
These particular Murder Holes are in the gatehouse at the magnificent Castle of Caernarvon, in North Wales.