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A Stonemason's Dictionary
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Undercroft: The crypt beneath the church.
Vault: Underground chamber of interment. Also a method of roofing over a space using ribbed arches to support large areas of arched ceiling.
Vent: A natural flaw in a piece of stone, also known as a Crick.
Volute: A carved spiral which forms the main feature of an Ionic capital.
Voussoir: The wedge shaped stones which when built together form an arch.
Wall-walk: The passage along the top of a wall.
Wattscliff Lilac: Even textured lilac coloured gritstone, pleasant to work.
Weathering: A slight slope given to the upper surfaces of near horizontal stone faces to discharge rainwater.
White Finger: Stonemasons term for the deterioration of blood circulation in the fingers, resulting from vibration, repeated shock and cold.
Wicket: A small door in a larger Cathedral door that allows access without opening the main door
Wilderness: Hard fine grained sandstone of rather pretty reddish pink and pale grey streaks. No longer quarried.
Winder: A tapered step used as part of a spiral or curving stair.
Wreathed Column: A column carved into the shape of a screw.