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Battlement

A parapet having a regular alternation of solid parts and openings, originally for defense, but later used as a decorative motif.

battlement, embattlement

battlement
1. A fortified parapet with alternate solid parts and openings, termed respectively “merlons” and “embrasures” or “crenels” (hence crenelation). Generally for defense, but employed also as a decorative motif.
2. A roof or platform serving as battle post.
3. A decorative motif having the general shape of a battlement.
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battlemented walls, one of which faced the avenue and the other divided
Caverswall Castle at Caverswall in Staffordshire, a Grade l listed, battlemented, turreted manor house in 20 acres.
The Manor House with a battlemented front looks intriguing and rather secretive.
The battlemented parapets and projecting turrets look convincing enough from a distance; and there is even a machicolation gallery corbelled out to create the overhang necessary for missile holes.
The backdrop is the 16th century Hillfield Hall with its medieval, battlemented looks, known best in recent years as a restaurant and pub business.
The Corporation's oddly-named committee administered the Bridge House Estates Trust which for centuries had collected tolls and rents from the battlemented houses and gabled shops on the elaborately ornamented twelfth-century London Bridge.
Past a fine battlemented house our way becomes a lane to the village of Laverton.
This enchanting folly is Grade II listed and has a most distinctive appearance, with a raised turret and a battlemented roof terrace reached by a spiral, stone staircase.
As its name suggests, Miramare thrusts spectacularly out into the Adriatic Sea, a 19th-century dream of a medieval fortress, surveying the shipping lanes from its white battlemented walls.
G Wodehouse glimpsed it here when he was a visitor - Lord Emsworth smoking a cigar, in bed, while he reads the Bridgnorth, Shifnal and Albrighton Argus, Beach the butler suggesting that bloodhounds might be useful at Blandings, 'very difficult finding people in a place this size', and a description of the battlemented roof with flagstaff and 'fascinating panorama of Shropshire and its adjoining counties'.