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Early timber outpost - Marienwerder at 1234, (based on an idea sketch by Peter Dennis)

Early timber outpost - Marienwerder at 1234.
It is a typical early frontier timber castle in Prussia built beside a river in densely wooded countryside. The central tower consists of a three-storey wooden structure on a stone base inside a double encircling palisade, the lower section of which projects out almost horizontally. The interlocking timbers that make up the walls are an important feature. The roof is steeply pitched to dislodge heavy snow. Outbuildings stand within the bailey. The approach to the castle is over a narrow wooden bridge of rough timbers, defended by a fortified gate and watchtower.