The Outer Ward of the Hoernersburg is a large enclosed area area
in front of main castle.
The Outer Ward is surrounded by a thick wall called the Outer Curtain.
This wall is the first line of defense for the castle. Before
enemies can penetrate the Inner Ward of the castle, they
first must gain entrance to the Outer Ward.
Bird's Eye View of
The Hoernersburg Castle Outer Ward
(click picture for larger view)
The Outer Ward of the
Hoernersburg has two sets of gates. The first gate is called the
Barbican. The Barbican of the Hoernersburg is on the side of the
moat closest to the town.
going through the Barbican, you cross over the moat on the drawbridge,
and then through the Gatehouse of the Outer Curtain.
an enemy makes it through the Gatehouse, there is always the Alligator
Pit to contend with.
times of danger, the grating on top the pit is removed. Enemies charging
through the Gatehouse are likely to fall into the pit, where they have
the opportunity to meet man-eating alligators face-to-face.
enemies do manage to get into the Outer Ward, there is a defensive
tunnel dug into the ground. Here, defending troops can shoot at the
Outer Ward is a busy and noisy place. Timber-framed buildings line the
walls. These provide shelter for animals, house the workshops of
craftsmen, and serve as storerooms for people living in the Lego castle.
to the Stables is the Bowyer’s Atelier. An Atelier is a workshop where
craftsmen practice their trade.
On the main floor of
most ateliers is an opening window with a counter. From this window, the
craftsmen sells his goods to people on the street. Looks like the Bowyer
has a customer!
we get a good view of the Bowyer Shop's interior and the Castle Stables.
The Bowyer is a craftsmen who manufactures bows. This skill is much in
demand. Helping the Bowyer is a young apprentice with a full head of
hair. Someday, he’ll be a Bowyer too and have his own shop.
the workshop is where the craftsman’s family lives. Here, you can see
his wife preparing a hearty supper.
Upstairs, you’ll notice someone is using the Privy. The curtain in front
provides a little bit of privacy. This Privy empties out onto the
of the Baron’s animals are kept in the Outer Ward. Others graze in the
fields and are brought in at night, or in times of danger.
The Baron’s horses are kept in the Stables. The Marshal is in charge of
tending to the Baron’s animals.
we’ll walk over to the Blacksmith’s Atelier.
is a craftsman who forges and sharpens tools and weapons. He also makes
hinges for doors, window grills and other fittings required for the
(*From a set
designed by Daniel Siskind)
blacksmith is very strong. He has to wield heavy hammers all day long in
the scorching heat of the forge.
Some blacksmiths are called Farriers. They specialize in making horse
shoes and treating sick horses.
the Blacksmith’s workshop is his beautiful wife calling him to supper.
I’m starting to get a little bit hungry myself.
the Blacksmith is the Apothecarist’s Atelier. An apothecarist is someone
who prepares and sells medicines and drugs.
medicines are prepared from herbs. Primrose flowers help ease muscle
aches. The juice from poppy flowers is a good painkiller. Many herbs and
flowers are dried for storage. In fact, the modern word "drug" comes
from the Old English word "driggen", which means "to dry".
top of the Outer Curtain wall is a small Wind Mill. This is where the
Miller grinds grain into flour.
takes their grain to the Miller. He charges a fee called a Multure to
grind it. A multure is a small portion of the flour produced from the
is the Bakehouse and Great Oven. The Baker is in charge of baking the
bread. Peasants bring their bread here for the Baker to bake. For being
able to use the oven, the peasants give some of their loaves to the
People eat a lot of bread. Most bread is so dense that
people literally had to "break it" because it was too hard to cut.
castle fish pond is called the Fish Stew. It contains pike, eels, carp,
and other types of fish. So that only the large fish are caught, the
nets they use have wide meshes which allow the smaller fish to escape.
here is the Dovecote. This is where doves and pigeons roost until it’s
time to cook them.
are the Bee
Skeps. They’re made from coiled rope.
The Apiarian is in charge of caring for the bees. Honey is the most
common sweetener as sugar is expensive and has to be shipped from
The hive is also a good source of candle wax for the candle maker,
who is called a Chandler.
Herb Garden is both pretty and practical. Some of the herbs are used by
for their healing properties. Parsley, mint, and thyme are harvested and
used by the cook to flavor dishes.
The Gardener takes care of the garden. He also makes sure that ivy
doesn’t grow on the castle walls. On more than one occasion, enemies
have tried to climb up the ivy and gain entrance to the castle.
is a well which supplies some of the castle’s water. The
Hoernersburg has more than one well, plus it also has a cistern.
Stocks and Pillar
leaving the Outer Ward, take note of these two criminals being punished.
The man chained to the post has to wear a funny mask because he was
caught lying. The man on the right has his feet locked in the stocks
because he was caught cheating. Hopefully, these humiliating punishments
will help them reform their ways.
And folks, please don’t throw any rotten tomatoes at them.
They’ve already had enough.