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You know the old saying, “an Englishman’s home is his castle”? Well, one of the most interesting features that many of us would like to add to our house might be a drawbridge. Your garage door is very similar to a drawbridge and can be a real asset to your home, especially if you have one fitted by Tring Garage Door Installation. It is always best to have them fitted by a professional company that knows what they are doing. If you need more information, then take a look at garagedoorsrus.co.uk/garage-door-installation-tring

Back to the drawbridge. They were used as the main entrance to the castle and was a bridge usually over a large moat or ditch. Originally, they were just a wooden bridge that could be quickly dismantled to delay an attacking force but with the drawbridge system this could be pulled up after the defenders had got in and could be lowered again if they fancied a sallying sortie attack later on if things were going well. It also has peace time uses. For example, Tower Bridge in London is a drawbridge that is regularly raised to allow heritage tall ships and larger vessels through up the Thames.

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If you are thinking that you could use a drawbridge to keep away energy switchers and chuggers then there are a few things that you need to consider before you install it. As mentioned you need a very big ditch around the home and this might contravene certain planning regulations plus covenants attached to house when you purchased it. There is also the fact that it’s going to be a health and safety nightmare for the post to be delivered unless you have guide rails down the side to stop the Postie slipping off the side. You might also need a gatehouse extension built on the front to house the enormous length of chains and counterweights that you will need when you actually get round to raising it. What may seem cool to your kids now when they are younger will certainly be deemed a right pain when they have to explain to their friends why it takes at least 8 minutes to get in. “Has your Dad got some kind of Game of Thrones thing going on Russell?”, will most likely be the mildest of the comments.

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If you want to get an idea as to what you need to make the home ready for a drawbridge there is a working example in the UK at Helmingham Hall (above) but if you want a longer trip then a quick hop over to France and a look at the Chateau du Plessis-Bourre may well suit you. Any excuse for a holiday, eh?

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