Arrow Loops


Arrow loops were narrow openings built in to the castle wall to allow castle defenders to shoot arrows at the besieging forces outside the castle walls. 

They are designed to afford maximum protection for the castle defenders, while providing a good field of fire. To accomplish this, arrow loops are narrow on the outside and wider on the inside. The cross shaped design is to increase the horizontal and vertical field of fire. 

Pictured are some arrow loops from Lewes castle.

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