Gates come in all shapes and sizes and are generally designed to do a wide range of different jobs, from marking boundaries to keeping out whole armies. Although there are many different types of gates which are suited to carrying out different tasks, there is one thing that nearly all gates have in common. This is that no matter what type of gate it may be, many people are likely to wonder at one point: “What’s it’s like on the other side?” With some types of gate you can have a pretty good guess at what you might find.
In the olden days of chivalry when battles were fought with swords and arrows rather than tanks and jets, castles were built to keep invading armies out and inhabitants safe. During times of a siege, the scene behind those walls would have been largely one of civilians trying to go about their daily lives under constant fear of running out of supplies or the invading army storming the walls and ransacking the castle. You would also be likely to find military leaders planning defence or considering possible attacks to drive away the invaders to make the castle and the surrounding area a safe place to live again.
Invading armies would often try to break down the gate in order to gain access and enormous battering rams were built to do the job. The gates were made from solid wood and iron, making breaking them down a tough proposition but with the right equipment and manpower the job would be done. Anybody trying to break down the gates would be subjected to arrow fire from archers on the castle walls and boiling hot tar that would be poured down from above.
Prison gates are different to many other types of gate in that they are designed to keep people inside rather than keeping people out. Electric gate automation systems allow authorised people to enter with ease but to successfully get out without permission is another matter entirely. Behind the gates you could expect to find different scenarios according to the security status of the prison. Low security prisons are likely to have scenes where inmates are walking around freely and taking part in social activities with limited supervision. However, at high security prisons you can expect to find a high number of inmates locked in their cells for much of the day and a heavy presence of security guards for any activities. Once you do experience what it’s like inside a prison, it will be clear to see why gates are necessary to keep the inhabitants inside.
It isn’t too difficult to imagine what you are likely to find behind palace gates. From the gates themselves you can usually see a grand building that oozes opulence and you would be right in guessing that the theme is continued inside as well. Palaces generally belong to extremely wealthy families or in some cases they belong to the state, and they have been maintained more or less intact so they are just a glorious as they have ever been before. There was once a time when only the extremely fortunate, or royal servants, would even get a look inside a real palace but now more are opened up to the general public so we can all get a glimpse of what such an extravagant life must be like. Some palaces have been opened up to the public as places of interest and museums and even palaces where the family that owns them are still in residence are open to select groups of visitors such as school children. If you have ever wondered just what it is like behind the palace gates, it may not be too difficult for you to find out.
Sally Dimmock is a blogger who socialises with people who use electric gate automation systems to protect their families and possessions. Her friends say that these systems are suitable for homes and facilities of various security levels and are great for both keeping out intruders, whilst also keeping in the kids.
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