Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Crenellations of Tantallon

You might have known that crenellation is the uppy downy bits on battlements. You can have a point if you did. To crenallate is to provide a castle or tower with crenellation.

Did you know the uppy downy parts also have proper names? The gaps are crenels or crenelles. The bits between are merlons. Here's a sign to prove I don't just make all this stuff up.




And here's a picture of a castle, showing crenallation, which was taken on our recent trip and is obviously the entire reason for choosing today's word of a week. It's called Tantallon - isn't that a fantastic name for a castle?

We got there early and had the place to ourselves for the first half hour. I really must work it into a story.

16 comments:

  1. Hi Patsy - I never got to Tantallon .. but the word crenellation is a great one isn't it .. and those 'up and down castley' bits ... fun to see ... cheers Hilary

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  2. Cool. But only one picture of the place today? Ah, man.

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    1. Sorry, R Mac. I'm concentrating on the words not the pictures here ... but maybe I'll sneak in more pictures later.

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  3. Nothing like having a castle all to yourself!

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    1. There isn't, Alex. Unless it's having another castle all to yourself. We've been very lucky.

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  4. Make stuff up? Ha!
    I didn't know about crenels and merlons and I'm partial to a nice bit of crenellation, so thank you for that.

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    1. Yeah, yeah. OK i do make a lot of stuff up, but this time it's all true.

      You can trust me - I used to be a tour guide.

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  5. Patsy, my brain feels crenellated today. Which I suppose in a way, it is...

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    1. Hopefully ypu have lots of the uppy bits, Frances.

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  6. What a lovely name for a castle. I didn't know that about crenels and merlons :-) x

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    1. It is a good name, Teresa. I admit I'd have visited just for that.

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    1. It is, Julia.

      I'm slightly worried that if I start on castle stories I won't be able to stop.

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  8. Getting there early is well worth the effort. Places like that I only want to share with the ghosts.

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    1. They're the best companions in these situations, Lizy. In theory I think it's great that coachloads of kids visit, but I prefer them to do it on a different day to me.

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