Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Lancet Definition

History and Architecture

Lancet

Lancet is a term applied to any arched opening, typically a window, of tall, narrow design. Technically speaking, the arch radius is larger than the arch span, which in layman's terms simply means it is tall and slender. Lancet windows were the most common style in the early medieval period, and the most common window of the Early English Gothic style.

The term is sometimes loosely applied to any narrow window or grouping of windows. It is also erroneously applied as a synonym for narrow Saxon windows, but a lancet is more often a pointed Gothic arch.

Related: Arch   Gothic   Early English  




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 Scotland properties.

Membership details

About the National Trust


HISTORY CORNER
Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image



This famous industrialist established the ironworks at Coalbrookedale in 1709



29 May, 1593

John Penry executed

Penry was convicted as the author of the Marprelate Tracts, which denied Elizabeth I's supremacy over the Church

This king of England died in exile in France in 1701



Passionate about British Heritage!