Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches

History and Architecture


The point where the chancel, nave, and transepts meet. The crossing junction often involves an elaborate system of arches, as each arm of the church must be supported where it meets the others. In some churches the arches supporting the crossing rise up to form a lantern tower above the crossing. The interior of these crossing towers can be highly decorated, as at Ely Cathedral.

Related: Chancel   Nave  

Attraction search

National Trust

National Trust membership

National Trust membership

Free entry to National Trust properties throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus discounted admission to National Trust for Scotand properties.

Membership details

About the National Trust

Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image

This famous architect designed the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851

22 March, 1322

Earl of Lancaster executed by Edward II

The earl had been largely responsible for killing Edward's favourite, Piers Gaveston.

This king led his troops at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743, the last English king to lead his men in battle

Passionate about British Heritage!