Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches

History and Architecture

Pendant

A downward protrusion, usually from a vaulted roof, at the point where vaulting ribs meet. Commonly used as a decorative element in the late medieval period. Elaborate pendants are a common motif in the Perpendicular Gothic period (late 15th century) and reached their most extravagant in the Tudor and Elizabethan periods that followed. In a sense the pendant is a more elaborate version of the earlier fashion for decorated roof bosses.

Related: Gothic   Perpendicular Gothic   Vaulting  

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