STOP PRESS: See Timelapse Footage of the Warwick Trebuchet being built!
The design for the Castle’s machine comes from Dr Peter Vemming from The Mediaeval Centre in Nykobing, Denmark. Dr Vemming completed his first construction of the mediaeval trebuchet in 1989, following extensive research and preparation. Notes and drawings from the 13th century were used as the starting point for the reconstruction and were often referred to during the long process of developing the working replica of this powerful and accurate machine.
The archaeologist thinks the British public will be amazed. “These machines are incredible pieces of engineering and it is really something to see them in motion,” comments Dr Vemming. “As well as being the biggest in the world the setting of the Warwick trebuchet makes it doubly unique. To witness a full scale mediaeval trebuchet in action is incredible in itself; to witness a machine of this magnitude in an authentic mediaeval setting, with the castle as a backdrop, will be very special.”
Under Dr Vemming’s guidance and using his designs and experience the Warwick Castle trebuchet has been constructed at a carpentry firm in Wiltshire – Carpenter Oak and Woodland Ltd.
The trebuchet is made primarily of oak but with the long throwing arm made of the more flexible ash. The necessary metal work has been made at the Mediaeval Centre in Denmark using traditional techniques.
The machine has been built as a kit of over 300 parts held together with metal fixings.
The Castle trebuchet stands 18 metres high and weighs 22 tonnes. Positioned in a stunning riverside location below the South Front of the Castle, the trebuchet propels projectiles 25 metres into the air and sends them hurtling up to 300 metres. In a painstaking operation of precision it takes a team of eight men half an hour to prepare and load the machine for shooting.
The Wheels arrive at Warwick Castle.
... and are carefully unloaded.
The hoist is attached to the frame.
The Trebuchet rises above Warwick Castle.