A barbican (from medieval Latin barbecana, "outer fortification of a city or castle," a general Romanic word, perhaps from Arabic or Persian cf. bab-khanah "gate-house" and "towered gateway or from the mediaeval English burgh-kenning ) is a fortified outpost or gateway, such as an outer defense to a city or castle, or any tower situated over a gate or bridge which was used for defensive purposes. Usually barbicans were situated outside the main line of defenses and connected to the city walls with a walled road called the neck.
Barbican Hits Back at RSC's Outgoing Boss ; Theatre Noble Blamed for `Divorce' between Company and Its London Base, as Plans Are Revealed for Theme Parks Devoted to the Bard
Aug 11, 2002; John Tusa, the managing director of the barbican, has broken his silence over the Royal Shakespeare Company's...