Stone castle

During the 12th century many castles were improved and strengthened using stone instead of wood.

Compared to the motte and bailey castles, stone castles were larger taller and more reliable for defence. Moreover, the timber and wood used in the earlier castles were found unsafe in a fire.

With a strong foundation, stone keep castles could be built high. This gave them the great advantage of visibility allowing the defenders to see if an enemy was coming when they were still a distance away ? thus allowing the castle to get its defences ready. Rochester Castle has views across the Medway estuary, so any attack by river would have been easy to spot.


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