Thursday Doors – The Wall

Continuing with Trim Castle and its features, Thursday Doors takes a good look at the wall this week.

A castle’s wall running between two towers or bastions was called a curtain wall. Built for a defense purpose, usually a moat or ditch ran around the outside. These were mostly very high walls and extremely thick, often seven feet or more.

On top of the walls were battlements from where the defenders could shoot with relative safety, except when a cannonball came hurtling in their direction. However, behind the parapets there was a walkway, allowing movement from one place to another.

As you can see from the photos, the wall and its towers surrounding Trim castle have shrunk in height and in places disappeared completely.

Shortly after its builder, de Lacy, left Ireland entrusting the castle and lands to one of his chief lieutenants, the last High King of Ireland, Ruaidrí Ua Canannáin, destroyed it.

He probably used something like this to complete his task;

Thanks for coming along on another tour of Trim Castle this week. Dan has some very interesting doors waiting for you over on his blog. Next week I’ll be leaving the castle and its wall behind but there will be another nice selection of the towns ruins to explore on my Thursday Doors post.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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5 Responses to Thursday Doors – The Wall

  1. Dan Antion says:

    This has been a most interesting series, Jean. I’ve been imagining life behind that wall for weeks. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  2. Matthias Carolan says:

    Thanks Jean,Dermot Macmurrough lost power he was king of Leinster could not subdue his own
    people he sent for the Normans they arrived mopped up its always about class exploitation it still goes on to day

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