Glossary beginning with P
Definitions of Architectural words and phrases
- Perpendicular Stylesearch for term
English Gothic architectural style between 1340 - 1530. Characterised by the upright tracery panels.
- Piscinasearch for term
A basin with a drain for washing the communion vessels. Usually set into the wall south of an altar.
- Polychromesearch for term
A work of art in many colours. Often used in relation to certain styles of multiple coloured architecture, pottery or sculpture.Synonyms: Polychromatic
- Poppyheadsearch for term
A carved ornamental finial at the end of a bench, pew, or stall.
- Priantsearch for term
A representation of a person, as if in life, kneel as if in prayer.
- Purbeck Marblesearch for term
Ranging in colour from russet red, to greenish brown or blue grey, this hard limestone containing many small shells, is called 'marble' due to its ability to take a very high polish. It is used in many Gothic cathedrals and church monuments in England. The name comes from Purbeck in Dorset where it is quarried.Synonyms: Purbeck Stone