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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Clonony Castle, Co Offaly Clonony is a 16th century Tudor building with period features including mystery passages and even a 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.
It's been partially renovated, with work done to repair floors and the murder hole - which is basically a chute for tossing rocks and boiling oil down at attackers and could come in handy for visiting in-laws.
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.
They can fire from one murder hole then quickly move on to another one.
A guide informs us about murder holes (many sneakily hidden) that enabled the men inside to drop stones or fire arrows down on surprised invaders.
Visitors can climb upstairs to the domestic quarters and visit the 14th Century gatehouse that still has its murder holes.
Arrow slits can still be seen, and there probably would have been murder holes through which guards could fend off their attackers with boiling water.