Black was the mouth of Twynham Castle, though a pair of torches burning at the further end of the gateway cast a red glare over the outer bailey
, and sent a dim, ruddy flicker through the rough-hewn arch, rising and falling with fitful brightness.
The ground within the walls, known as the outer bailey
, is set to be excavated by experts looking for the remains of a late-medieval manor house they believe once stood there.
Mr Cunnington said excavating the site will help them to not only learn more about the house and the date it was constructed, but also about the medieval diet and maybe give an insight into what the outer bailey
or ward was used for.
The baroque one-storey building of the outer bailey
extends from the clock tower to the so-called entrance portal.
Instead of obeying 'Keep off the grass' signs, budding Quidditch players (ahem, me included) run amok on the frog-green lawns (broomstick training sessions are free, but it's wise to book in advance), mimicking Harry's fateful first flying lesson with Madam Hooch, which was filmed in the castle's outer bailey
Martin's video shows the castle's impressive solitary round tower as well as the inner ward and outer bailey
, which are separated by a tidal moat and connected with a gatehouse and drawbridge.
is year, after a break from Shakespeare, As You Like It was presented to the public in the outer bailey
in front of a magnicent copper beech which lent itself perfectly to the imaginary Forest of Arden.
At first, the structure consisted of no more than a motte (or mound) and an inner and outer bailey
(or fenced/walled area).
The same applies to the wall of the northern outer bailey
following the moat a few metres away.
Several examples of castles associated with deserted villages are also known--one of these being More in Shropshire, where the earthworks of a rural community that nucleated within the confines of a large outer bailey
attached to a Norman earth-and-timber castle are readily apparent on the ground or from the air.
excavation in the outer bailey
- monitoring of works in the caves - monitoring and recording of standing structures - monitoring of service installation - mitigation works in the service courtyard - monitoring of installation of adventure equipment - monitoring of works within the ducal palace - monitoring during landscaping and hardscaping
Visitors will be able to see The Outer Bailey
, the area where Harry and his fellow students first learned to fly broomsticks with Madam Hooch, played by Zoe Wanamaker, and where he also learned the rules of the wizarding sport Quidditch.