Definitions for "MURDER HOLES"
A section between the main gate and the portcullis where holes were cut in planks above. Defenders dropped dangerous objects from these holes down onto invaders.
A section between the main gate and a inner portcullis where arrows, rocks, and hot oil can be dropped from the roof though holes. Provides good cover for defenders and leaves the attacker open. Only used when outer gate has been breach.
Holes cut through the ceiling of a gatehouse used to drop fire or burning oil from above onto anyone trying to attack the castle gate. Also used to drop water on to a gate that was set on fire by the enemy.