fan vaulting


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fan vaulting

Architect vaulting having ribs that radiate like those of a fan and spring from the top of a capital or corbel

fan vaulting

[′fan ‚vȯlt·iŋ]
(architecture)
Vaulting in which the ribs diverge like the rays of a fan.
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At the end of the 15th century, the well and the church above it were rebuilt in the most elaborate Perpendicular style, with intricate fan vaulting and carvings showing scenes from Winifred's life.
The Chancel of St Mary's Church in Warwick is as good a place as you could find to hear 16th century polyphony, with its clear dry acoustic and its fan vaulting, architecture as frozen music.