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graham n roberts
posted 02-15-2003 05:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for graham n roberts   Click Here to Email graham n roberts     Edit/Delete Message
pleas ecan anyone tell me the reason most castles have metal studs on them ????
i recently took a canadian work mate who comes over 3-4 times a year to work, to skipton castle when he asked the question..
ive taken him to almost every castle in wales so far. many thanks


posted 02-15-2003 07:43 AM           Edit/Delete Message
There are 2 reasons, dependant upon the number of studs and their closeness/ date of the door.
1. Because it was fashionable and provided a gothic look. This is common when castles were being refurbished in the post medieval period.
2. A yett (iron grill gate) was much more effective and so more commonly fitted, but studs if there were enough of them, could help protect the door from axe blows....but not at all a common feature.

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posted 02-15-2003 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for duncan   Click Here to Email duncan     Edit/Delete Message
I agree with Gordon.
Most doors were made of a composite layers of wood with the grain going in opposite directions. Up down with the next side to side and were sometimes made of different woods.
This helped give the door strength when hit with a battering ram or axe.
The studs were often the nails. They were put into the doors to add to the strength and to make using an axe or battering ram more difficult.
They act as a sort of bumper to a battering ram which will hit the metal studs first. It absorbs much of the kinetic energy giving the door minutes if not hours longer to hold together.

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graham n roberts
posted 02-17-2003 05:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for graham n roberts   Click Here to Email graham n roberts     Edit/Delete Message
thank you both for the info,
i suspected that it was a defensive item
but the wood grain changes in the door is incredible bearing in mind the dates involved...and we think we are clever.....
we mimic this in todays bodyarmour by layering the fabrics just like the woodgrain,and belive it or not some b/a companies still use stainless steel chainmail....not to stop bullets but for the age old problem of stab protection..we do have modern alternatives but it still has its place in some applications today...


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