Stone barrel vaulting in late medieval churches in Scotland.

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Abstract

This paper explores the construction characteristics and structural design of plain stone barrel vaults built to roof a new type of single-nave churches in Scotland in the 15th century, such as Dunglass Collegiate Church in 1423, Seton Collegiate Church in 1492, St. Salvator’s Chapel in St. Andrews in 1450, Corstorphine in 1429 and Ladykirk in 1500. Four case studies are surveyed (Dunglass, Seton, Corstorphine, Ladykirk) and their geometry is analysed to assess their design, construction quality and structural efficiency. The analysis demonstrates a very good quality control and a consistent approach to the simplification of the pointed profile developed in cross vaults.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe First Construction History Society Conference
Place of PublicationCambridge
Pages403-412
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventThe First Construction History Society Conference - Queen’s College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Apr 201412 Apr 2014

Conference

ConferenceThe First Construction History Society Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period11/04/1412/04/14

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