What is a Corbel?

 

A corbel is an architectural element. It is desgined for supportion weight above it. Corbels are often seen supporting doorways and various stone arches in castles but they can also be made of wood.

 

Corbels in a doorway

Closeup picture of Corbels

 

The doorway corbels you see above are at Aydon Castle. You can learn more about that castle and see more pictures here: Aydon Castle

Here is another example of Corbels. This is at York Castle. In this picture you can really get a good sense for how the Corbels stick out from the structure and support the elements above. I have more about York Castle right here.

 

Corbels outside York Castle

 

Want to learn more about the parts of a castle? I have an article with drawings here

 

The Medieval Fortress: Castles, Forts, And Walled Cities Of The Middle Ages Medieval History Books)

The great walled castles of the medieval world continue to fascinate the modern world. Today, the remains of medieval forts and walls throughout Europe are popular tourist sites. Unlike many other books on castles, The Medieval Fortress is unique in its comprehensive treatment of these architectural wonders from a military perspective. The Medieval Fortress includes an analysis of the origins and evolution of castles and other walled defenses, a detailed description of their major components, and the reasons for their eventual decline. The authors, acclaimed fortification experts J.E. and H.W. Kaufmann, explain how the military strategies and weapons used in the Middle Ages led to many modifications of these structures. All of the representative types of castles and fortifications are discussed, from the British Isles, Ireland, France, Germany, Moorish Spain, Italy, as far east as Poland and Russia, as well as Muslim and Crusader castles in the Middle East. Over 200 photographs and 300 extraordinarily detailed technical drawings, plans, and sketches by Robert M. Jurga accompany and enrich the main text.

 

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