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Sally Port

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Although the term Sally Port can have many different meanings, from prior to the 1600s, it meant a secure and controlled doorway or entrance to a castle or fortification. Sally Ports have some form of inner protective design, such as an inner wall that partially blocks the full opening from being exploited by an enemy or unwanted person. By not allowing the door to completely open, an enemy would not be able to have a full field of fire (inwards). Sometime a double set of doors were used to further restrict access. Between the 16th and 19th Centuries, a Sally Port was meant as s form of dock were a ships crew could be picked up and ferried across to their ship in a harbor. Today, the Sally Port is an incorporation of a military installation's secreted areas or in Prison (both as a form of controlling access).