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Dais Raised area where the lord's chair is positioned
Daub Mud and clay covering as in wattle and daub
Day Stairs Stairs usually leading from the cloister to the dorter (sleeping hall).
Decorated The name used to denote the architecture style between 1275 and 1350 (+/- 25 years) (More...)
Diaper Pattern of diamonds or squares
Dog-Tooth Moulding An ornimental moulding used in the 13th Century in English Cathedrals, conisting of a series of pyramidal projections, each having for leaves
Donjon Inner stronghold or keep of the castle
Dovecote Building where pigeons and doves were raised.
Drawbridge The wooden bridge of a gateway that can be raised or lowered for defence
Dressings The stones used for corners or angles and are worked to a smooth finish
Dripstone A projecting moulding over doors, windows etc. used to throw off the rain
Dungeon The prison
Early English The term used to denote the style of architecture between 1190 and 1275 (More...)
Eaves The underneath part of a sloping roof that overhangs a wall
Effigy A stone, wood, marble etc. carved likeness of a person.
Embattled Battlements with crenelations (indentations).
Embrasure A small opening in battlements used as lookout posts
Encaustic Tiles Tiles used in medieval cathedrals having the patterns burnt into them
Enceinte An enclosure; the fortified area of a castle
Engaged Shaft or Column A shaft or column partly set into another shaft or column or wall
Extrados The curved upper or outer surface of an arch
Facade The face or principal front of a building
Fan-Vault A conchoidal type of vault in which length and curvature of all the ribs are the same
Feretory The shrines containing the sacred relics of saints
Finial Leaf decoration on top of a gable or bench-end
Floriated Decorated with flowers shaped ornaments. Tracery term
Flying Buttress A free-standing buttress linked to the building by part of a arch to provide strength against the lateral forces
Foliated Carving with leaves
Forebuilding A small defendable building on the entrance of a larger building
Foundations Underground stone base supporting the building above
Frater Large common dining room in an abbey. Strict rules of procedure and silence were observed while readings were given.
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