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Crown Post Roofs

Crown post

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.

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.