Gateways

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G) Gateways

Castle gates also depend for their defense upon the exploitation of the mural tower as potential weak points likely to be attacked first.  The towers could be sealed off so that if attackers gained possession of one section, they could not necessarily continue to the next without capturing the tower.  The gateway into the bailey was generally a substantial building of two or three stories and was approached from across the moat by means of a causeway and a drawbridge. In addition to the main gateway there was usually a small postern, placed in such a position that escape could not be affected or a sally made unobserved by the enemy.

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