Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches

History and Architecture

Boss

A carved ornamental projection at the junction of stone vaulting ribs or the beams of a timber roof. Initially quite simple, throughout the medieval period bosses became ever larger and more elaborately decorated.  Bosses could be carved or painted, or both. The range of decorative styles is practically unlimited; some bosses are carved with human faces, some with religious symbols, but just as frequently they could be decorated with grotesque mythological beasts or semi-pagan symbols like the Green Man.

Related: Vaulting   Green Man   Grotesque  

Attraction search
in



English Heritage

English Heritage membership

English Heritage membership

Free entry to English Heritage properties throughout England, plus discounted admission to Historic Scotand and Cadw properties in Scotland and Wales

Membership details

About English Heritage


HISTORY CORNER
Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image



This wandering priest was leader of the Peasant's Revolt of 1381. He made famous the rhyming couplet, 'When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman'



23 February, 1421

Catherine of France crowned Queen of England

Catherine's husband, Henry V, would die a year later

Who ordered the tide to retreat?



Passionate about British Heritage!