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Carisbrooke Castle Tiltyard

REF NR: 1019

The name 'tiltyard' is thought to come from the practice of tilting your opponent's guard in a joust, thus knocking them from their horse. Carisbrooke Castle's tiltyard can be found at the east side within the earth ramparts.


This area was formally the place of arms and had the Mountjoy tower on the south east corner supporting it. Tiltyards can often be found in late-medieval palaces and castles all over England. It's believed that Charles I used it as a bowling green during his stay. 


Today this area is often used for outside theatre activities and even modern day jousting performances.

 

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