Outer ward

The outer ward of a concentric castle (or a complex Motte and Bailey castle) is the area surrounded by the outermost walls, or the outermost area that is not regarded as Inner ward. Typically, it would hold non-essential structures, which may have included stables, huts, fodder storage etc. The hall, well (or another water source) and the other key elements of the castle would all be in the Inner ward, or indeed, atop the motte in the Keep itself.


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