North Wales. Conwy Caste
Built for Edward I during 1382-87 by Master James of St. George following Edward�s defeat of the Princes of Gwynedd. I�m guessing but the rounding of the right hand corner in the upper part of this tower was to enable the defenders clear sighting and aiming at any attackers who had gained access to the passage way. Clear sighting left of the tower would be available to the defenders since the passage way approaches the tower directly but the attackers have to pass beneath the undercutting of the rounded section on the left of the tower. Hot tar or molten lead could then be poured through �murder holes� in the overhang.




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