The lower, straight-axis front gate, accessed across a drawbridge and opening into the bailey, was crowned with heavy overhanging machicolations
One of de Chirico's paintings, Mystery and Melancholy of a Street, features a typical metaphysical setting where a girl runs up a street (not a rampart but a ramp) and the building behind her shows spires and machicolations
Instead, new openings allow views over the Normandy landscape and metal grilles between the machicolations
give vertiginous glimpses of the ground some 35m below.
In particular he was responsible for encouraging the use of brick and much of this work has survived, though at Tattershall the machicolations
are surely more aptly described as impressive than "formidable.