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Crown Post Roofs

The crownGlossary Term postGlossary Term is a form of construction which creates a stable roof through bracing in several directions. A crownGlossary Term postGlossary Term standing centrally on a tie-beamGlossary Term supports and is braced to a longitudinal collar beam.

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Crown-post roof, Kent

The type is known from the 13th century, but was especially popular from the 14th century for domestic building in south east England.



The upper part of an arch or vault.


Upright support in a structure.


Main horizontal transverse timber in a roof structure, which carries the feet of the principals at wall level.