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, printed from the Looking at Buildings website on Monday 4th July 2022

Roofs and Vaults

stone vaulting [1]. Vaults continued to be constructed over small spaces, but in England in the early middle ages large spans had timber roofs [2], developing the practices known to have been established as early as the 7th century for the great timber halls of the Anglo-Saxons. Timber roofs achieved great sophistication in the 14th and 15th centuries, using a variety of techniques to cover wide spans.

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009