Motte and Bailey Castle
Constructing a motte and bailey castle is a popular year 7 school project and the download at the bottom of this page provides a fundamental structure from which a customized model can be created.
The motte and bailey model pictured here was drawn-up, built and photographed by Alex, a year 7 student.
Motte and Bailey castles, popular in Britain during the 11th and 12th centuries, typically consisted of a fortified courtyard (bailey) overlooked by a wooden castle built on a mound of earth (motte).
The characteristic form of the motte is illustrated in this photograph of Berkhamsted castle, as seen from the caretaker's cottage.