Sand Castle Building Terminology - Part Two

In part two of our sand castle building terminology, we continue our journey through the world of sand castle building and everything that comes with it. From terms that describe parts of a castle to things that are relevant specifically to sand castles, our list of sand castle building terminology will ensure that when you are out there with other hobbyists or professionals, you will blend in perfectly with the crowd.

You can find Part One of our series right here - Sand Castle Building Terminology - Part One!

Sand Castle Building Terminology:

Drip Castle:

A castle that is made by the process of dribbling. It looks quite different from a castle that would be made by the regular process and is, therefore, a completely unique style of sand castle building


A room that is built, generally, under the ground level and is used to hold prisoners. There are, generally, very few windows in the room and if you are building it into your sand castle, then small window-like openings, near the foot of the main castle building, should look quite convincing as dungeons


Any fortification that was made out of mounds of earth or dirt - can also be something like an embankment or a ditch that is part of the fortification


Every castle tends to have a keep that has a fortified building or a security post of sorts. These were also home to a chapel as well as stairs to go up the castle, in many cases

It is a defensive stronghold that is normally home to soldiers and mercenaries, as well as other non-castle residents


The toilet in a castle


A company of soldiers that was stationed in a fort and can be shown with toy soldiers in your sand castle


A big and heavily fortified building situated right at the entrance of a castle, built into the walls of the castle, and who's main premise was to prevent people from reaching the entrance of the castle


A sticky or slimy semi-liquid characteristic of the sand-water mix that is used in dribbling or drip sand castle building

Great Tower:

Otherwise known as the Keep, was a place that contained the private rooms of the castle's owner and is also the highest point of the castle. It is not a small tower but is generally a wide and big place that, literally, towers over the entire castle

Gun Loop:

Small holes in the wall that were built in to allow guns to peek through the walls and shot onto the other side


It is the main reception area of the castle where people normally gather for meetings. In your sand castle, this would be the biggest part of the base of your castle, a place that is on the ground level and easily accessible by people from outside the castle without having them move through all parts of the castle


A system of patterns that the coat of arms, of a royal family, normally contains


A security device that consisted of a single rod, usually made of iron, and had iron spikes mounted on it. The device was used to block out passageways and prevent enemies from passing through the insides of the castle, should it get invaded. Can also be used outdoors and can be an interesting piece that you can install into your sand castles

Jousting Arena:

Built into the grounds of the castle, this is a structure that divides the arena into lanes, allowing riders to ride their horses through or around the lanes and joust - an interesting addition to any sand castle


Horizontal support beam that is normally placed at the top of a window. This beam tends to be made of stone, but in your sand castles, of course, you may not have that liberty


A stone hoarding or a brattice that allows soldiers or castle-dwellers to drop missiles and hot oil, through holes, directly onto the attackers below. It was an integral part of castle defences especially when the enemy would have reached the castle's gates


Between the crenels or the vertical openings in walls designed for archers, there would be solid parts of the wall that would prevent the enemy from targeting the body of the archers


A defensive ditch that surrounded the sides of the castle and ensured that enemies trying to storm the castle would have a single point of entry and, therefore, limited numbers attacking at any point of time. These moats are generally filled with water, which should be abundant around your sand castle


A natural or man-made mound that is normally the base for a castle. It also forms the Bailey or the inner courtyard of the castle. Castles are always built on these mounds to provide a significant vantage point in terms of immediate defensive capabilities

Murder Holes:

Given this name because they were the holes that allowed people to drop everything from arrows to hot oil to burning bales of hay from the top of the roof, trapping people inside.

Once again, your knowledge of sand castle building terminology will ensure that you are never out of place in a meeting, a club or a gathering of professionals or hobbyists in the area. It will also guarantee that every time you are part of a conversation, you will never feel out of place or incapable of following the conversation around you, thanks to your knowledge of sand castle building terminology.

For more sand castle building terminology, check our Sand Castle Building Terminology - Part Three of our series on sand castle building terminology

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