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Britton, John
The architectural antiquities of Great Britain: represented and illustrated in a series of views, elevations, plans, sections, and details, of ancient English edifices ; with historical and descriptive accounts of each (Band 5) — 1835

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No. VII.

AN

ARCHITECTURAL DICTIONARY,

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RELATING TO THE

ECCLESIASTICAL BUILDINGS OF THE MIDDLE AGES.

Th e following Dictionary, or Glossary of Architectural Terms, is placed here principally to redeem
pledges which have been given in the progress of the work, and to render the same more independent
of other publications than it would otherwise be. I am fully aware that the learned and critical
antiquary will consider it as very imperfect; but he is requested to bear in mind that it is designed
chiefly for the tyro in architecture and antiquities, to whom it cannot fail of imparting information, and
being otherwise useful. With the materials before me it would have been easy to have extended
almost every article, and to have introduced many others ; but with a view to brevity and conciseness
it has been thought advisable to confine the Glossary within the present limits. " We know not,"
remarks Mr. Kerrich, " even the names the Gothic architects gave to any of their ornaments; those
we now use are all of modern fabrication."' Surely the learned Cambridge librarian must have for-
gotten that many technical terms and phrases have been preserved in the documents relating to
St. Stephen's Chapel, also the contracts for building the Chapels of Fotheringhay, King's College, &c.
There is certainly much preserved, but probably more lost, and the materials that have descended to us,
like the writings of Shakspeare, furnish great scope for conjecture and speculation. The present essay
is humbly offered as an attempt to clear the way and lay the foundation for a better and more perfect
work; and ever willing to avail myself of all aids towards the attainment of accuracy and excellence,
I shall be gratified by any additions or corrections which may be furnished towards effecting that
end.

On a future occasion, and at no distant period, it is my intention to extend this sketch into a copious

i Archseologia, vol. xvi. p. 297.

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