We were given a tour of the Keep at Norwich Castle Museum. The Castle was built by the Normans in 1067. At first it was a wooden castle, but then rebuilt in stone later on. The mound was made by hand. The Castle was built as a palace for the King in case came to stay. The King's soldiers lived there. The Keep had the King's bedroom, his dinner hall, a chapel and some secret toilets. The King often talked about his secret business in the toilets. There is a sink in one wall and a hole to let the water out down the wall outside. They used to shoot arrows out of the thin windows. We went into a coloured room. The walls would have been painted. This was where people waited until they were allowed in. There were a lot of steps up to this room from the outside. We looked down into the well in the middle, which is where they got the water from. Group 1
In the Castle, the front door was great for defending yourself. When attackers enter, the defenders throw anything they have from above.
The toilets were not like ours today, with chains and privacy. Instead there was 4 holes and that was the only privacy medieval people actually got. What happened with the poo and the wee was it went into a pipe and at the bottom there was a bucket. when its was full the servants had to collect it.
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Photographs by Gavin Bromley, Hollie Harrington and Peter Beck
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