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, printed from the Looking at Buildings website on Tuesday 9th August 2022

Groin Vaults

GROINGlossary Term [1] VAULTS are formed from two intersecting barrel vaults (the groins are the edges of the intersections). They are built of heavy rubbleGlossary Term [2] masonry and so need adequate support. They were used in the large crypts introduced by the Normans below their new abbeys and cathedrals, where the space was divided into a series of small bays by numerous columns, as at Canterbury, Worcester and Gloucester.

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009