Covered wooden balconies suspended from the tops of walls and towers, allowing defenders to climb through the crenellations to drop missiles and fire arrows accurately on any attackers at the base of the wall. Horizontal Putlog Holes for the wooden supporting brackets are still visible in the walls of Hemyock Castle.
♦ Wooden galleries erected on the face of a castle's battlements to enable the defenders to fire on men attacking the base of the wall.
(Wise, Terence. Medieval Warfare, 249)
♦ Covered wooden galleries supported on brackets at the top of a castle wall to defne its base through openings in the gallery floor.
(Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 412)
Related terms: Brattices

Medieval glossary. 2014.

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