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posted 04-21-2002 11:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DCisabadass     Edit/Delete Message
Did Castles have water accessible on all floors? Please explain.

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posted 04-22-2002 04:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Erik Schmidt   Click Here to Email Erik Schmidt     Edit/Delete Message
The short answer is NO!
Having said that, there were some keeps in which the well or cistern was accessible from at least the first two floors.
The people of the middle ages did not engineer for water supply like the Romans before them did. I know of no castle which had gravity fed water supply to the buildings to more than one or two points within the castle. Most relied on hauling water from a well or cisterns.
Crak de Chevaliers in Syria has an aqueduct, but this is not common.


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posted 04-22-2002 07:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
Some castles had a system of wooden pipes to gather the rain-water from different roofs and lead it to the cistern. Most castles had one or two wells in the courtyard or inside a small wellhouse. If the castle was built on a hill, the well is often very deep (60 meters or even more).
So, the only direct access to water was at those wells or cisterns. But water was also stored for use in the kitchen or in a bathhouse etc.

posted 04-23-2002 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for angelbaby9     Edit/Delete Message
The anser is No!!!
Because the urin and stool went inside there water source

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posted 04-25-2002 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
Not realy the materials you mentioned normaly fell into the ditch outside the castle.

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