Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches

History and Architecture

This dictionary is an attempt to show in an easy to understand, visual format, some of the features that helped form the historic churches of Britain. When you visit churches with any regularity you will often run across a confusing mix of terms which may be difficult to understand without a visual illustration. While we can't claim to have covered every feature of church history and architecture, we hope that you will find enough useful illustrations and definitions that will help you to get the most of visiting these wonderful heritage treasures. You can find short definitions in our Glossary of Medieval Church Architecture, and there are also useful biographies of some of the more important church architects in our British Biographies section. For a more in-depth look at architectural styles and time periods, check our English Architecture articles.

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Angel Roof

Angel Roof
Green Man
Green Man
Effigy
Effigy
Misericord
Misericord
Monumental Brass
Monumental Brass
Saxon Period
Saxon period
Sedilia
Sedilia
Tympanum
Tympanum
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06 August, 1307

Edward II makes Piers Gaveston Earl of Cornwall

Gaveston, a Gascon, would arouse so much enmity that he was eventually seized and summarily killed by the Earl of Lancaster

This king was married to Berengaria of Navarre after a 20 year engagement to Alice of France



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