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Perpendicular Tracery

PerpendicularGlossary Term [1] traceryGlossary Term [2], current from the the mid C14 to the early C16, the principal mullions generally continue to the head of the archGlossary Term [3], creating long rectangular divisions in the upper lights.

The new style probably developed first in London. It appears at Gloucester from c.1330, where the RomanesqueGlossary Term [5] abbey (later cathedral) was remodelled after the burial there of King Edward II.

archGlossary Term [6] heads of flattened or four-centred form, accentuating the angularity of the style.

Large PerpendicularGlossary Term [7] windows were inserted in many older churches during the 15th century, and some parish churches, especially those in prosperous towns, were entirely rebuilt in this period.

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Last updated: Saturday, 25th April 2009