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Palisade A wooden wall or fence Pall A rich cloth covering Pantry A store-room for bread Parados Low wall on the inner edge of a tower or above the eaves of a wall Parapet Low wall on the outer edge of a tower or above the eaves of a wall Party Per Pale Party per Fess, per bend, etc. Divisions of the field used in heraldry (More...) Pediment Low-pitched gable above a portico, doors, windows, etc. Peel Tower Small fortified tower usually rectangular Pennon A flag with tails hung on the lance to indicate a knight-bachelor. Perpendicular The last of the styles of Gothic architecture between 1350 and 1550. (More...) Petraria A stone-throwing machine. A mangonel, ballista or trebuchet Pier Freestanding pillar of different shapes used to support the weight of walls above Pilaster A flat column partially built into a wall for ornamental purposes. Pile Pillar A vertical member usually shaped round, square or polygonal used to support a load Pinnacle A small tower, usually tapered at the top Plinth Projecting masonry, often with decorative mouldings, and reserved for the clergy Pointed the architecture commonly known as Gothic characterised with the pointed arch. Portcullis A trellis-work gate that is lowered and raised in grooves in a passage Postern Small entrance of a tower or wall used the main gate is out of use. Can be used as means of escape when castle in under siege Precinct The close and buildings surrounding and including a Cathedral Presbytery The east end of the church containing the high alter Priory A monastic community of monks or nuns run by a prior or prioress and the buildings they occupy Purpure A purple colour used in heraldry (More...)
Quatrefoil Window tracery shaped like a four petalled flower Quire As Choir - The area of the church where the choristers and clergy sit Quoins Cut stones used at the corners of buildings
Rampart A surrounding wall or raised earthwork Ravelin A triangular enclosure protecting an entrance to a fort Reeve Villager elected to representative the medieval villagers (More...) Refectory Dining-hall Reign The length of time that a King or Queen rules for. Relic An object or part of an object that has a connection with the past. Usually a religious object, e.g. bodily part of a saint. Reredorter Toilets that empty into a stream Reredos Wall covering or screen behind the alter decorated with the twelve apostles Respond Half pillar at the end of an arcade built against a wall Retro-Choir The part of the church beyond the presbytery. East of the high alter. Not the Lady Chapel Rib Arched section that supports the vault Ring-work A roughly circular earthwork made from a ditch and bank Romanesque Architectural style of the Saxon period with round arches (More...) Rood The cross of Christ Rood Screen Stone or wooden screen division of the nave from the choir Rose-Window A circular window that is built of tracery in the form of a rose Roundel A round disc or panel. As in a stained glass window
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