The Floor Plan of Barnard Castle

As with many medieval castles Barnard castle was composed of concentric lines of defense. Each one had to be breached to reach yet an inner safe place or "Ward". It was a popular and effective means of defense for castle building.

And as with many many castles it was perched on the top of a hill. This gave it significant tactical advantage in the event of a siege. This picture gives you a sense of the hill. That is the River Tees.

Pictures of the Castle - - About the Castle

Barnard has something of note though. One of the wards was called the Town ward. This is an area withi the castle walls where the people of the town could seek refuge. Here is a floor plan.


Here is a drawing of the castle from 1897. By The British Library [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons



































































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