- Lancet window
A lancet window is a tall narrow
windowwith a pointed archat its top [ [http://freenet.buffalo.edu/bah/a/DCTNRY/l/lancet.html Buffalo Architecture] accessed 24 October 2006] It acquired the "lancet" name from its resemblance to a lance. [ [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9047018/lancet-window Encyclopedia Britannica Online] accessed 24 October 2006] Instances of this architectural motif are most often found in Gothic and ecclesiasticalstructures, where they are often placed singularly or in pairs.
The motif first appeared in the French early-Gothic period (c.1140-1200) and later in the English period of Gothic architecture (1200-1275), so common was the lancet window feature that this era is sometimes known as the "Lancet Period". [ [http://www.britainexpress.com/History/Gothic-architecture.htm Gothic Architecture in England] accessed 24 October 2006] Strictly speaking the lancet window should be austere and without
tracery. [ [http://www.answers.com/topic/lancet-window-1 Answers. com] accessed 24 October 2006] However, it is not uncommon to find the form sub-divided and filled with stained glass, especially when dating from the Gothic-revivalperiod of the nineteenth century.
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