murder hole

murder hole

An opening in an overhanging medieval defensive structure through which boiling water, boiling oil, or rocks could be dropped on an attacker; also called a machicolation.
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Walk along its ramparts and not only will you enjoy breath-taking views of Swansea Bay, but you will also learn how the castle was defended, from dropping missiles onto the batter below to ricochet and hit approaching attackers to pouring hot tar down the murder hole.
Sitting majestically on a hill in the seaside village of Mumbles, walk along its ramparts and enjoy breathtaking views of Swansea Bay, and learn how the castle was defended, from dropping missiles on to the batter below to ricochet and hit approaching attackers, to pouring hot tar down the murder hole.
Mr Smith, from Felinfoel, Llanelli, said: "I was trying to break through the layer of concrete covering up the murder hole when I felt a strong tap on my shoulder.
A REALLY impressive castle complete with ramparts, portcullis, murder hole, ladders and 14 characters.
The title of one work, Past the Moat, the Drop Gate and Iron Doors, the Intruder Advanced Toward the Castle's Murder Hole and Ultimate Terror, read like an intricate computer-game plot.
They can fire from one murder hole then quickly move on to another one.
We peeped through Barbican Battlements that were built in the reign of Edward III to protect the entrance to the castle, and those over the portcullis which include deadly murder holes through which boiling tar and human waste were poured on attacking forces.
It features deadly murder holes through which boiling tar and human waste were poured on attacking forces.
They were shooting through murder holes made in the walls of the farm buildings nearby, so it was very difficult to return fire.
The building retains its dungeon, dug out of the bedrock, and some of its early defences, such as strategically placed murder holes.
From dingy dungeon to terrible torture chamber, murder holes to garderobes, Warwick has all the authentic ingredients of a medieval castle steeped in adventure.