Day 5c: Throwing Stones
For a bit of historical background, a trebuchet was used in midieval times as a siege engine to attack a castle or fortified structure by throwing things at or over the walls. Heavy projectiles were thrown to break walls and objects ranging from flaming projectiles to horrifying payloads (dead animals, human bodies, etc.) in order to intimidate the enemy.
A group associated with Warwick Castle has built, from 13th Century plans, an authentic trebuchet that is used for demonstrations… we were fortunate to be able to see this mighty machine in action.
While we were waiting for the show to start, we had some really nice views of the River Avon, which ran alongside Warwick Castle and flows down towards Stratford-upon-Avon. There were swans here, too!
Here, the trebuchet is fully “loaded”, with the lever arm pulled down into the horizontal position by men who walked in the “hamster cage wheels” to pull this arm into position against the counter weights:
This is an animated GIF I made of several rapid-fire photos (I love my camera!). Click on it to see a much bigger (and better) version!!!
In the last couple of frames, I put a red circle around the projectile as it went sailing off into the forest!!!
While we were across with the trebuchet, we were presented with some really nice views of Warwick Castle from this side of the Avon:
This was a fantastic day in England… we really had a great time, seeing such amazing sites, having fun with our dear friends, and spending amazing quality time together as a family.
These times are going to become fewer and fewer as the kids get older… this was really a special day.