Lancet window

Lancet window

A lancet window is a tall narrow window with a pointed arch at its top [ [ Buffalo Architecture] accessed 24 October 2006] It acquired the "lancet" name from its resemblance to a lance. [ [ Encyclopedia Britannica Online] accessed 24 October 2006] Instances of this architectural motif are most often found in Gothic and ecclesiastical structures, 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". [ [ Gothic Architecture in England] accessed 24 October 2006] Strictly speaking the lancet window should be austere and without tracery. [ [ 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-revival period of the nineteenth century.


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