‘These were fairly simple, robust structures constructed from timber or stone and were introduced into the UK by the Normans in the 11th century,’ says Jason Eccles of Artform Architects. ‘Their main purpose was to act as a fortified tower or residence that would act as a refuge of last resort should the rest of the motte-and-bailey castle be overtaken.’
All you need to gather is some soft furnishings from around your home – one rug or blanket, four chairs or stools, 20 pillows, 16 cushions, one fitted sheet, one regular sheet and one additional blanket, throw or sheet.
‘The pillow fort incorporates a typical square plan form with 4 “tower” sections at each corner,’ Jason explains. ‘A single doorway leads through to a central “courtyard” which then provides stepped access up to the ramparts which run around the external walls as a parapet wall.’
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