Hammer Beam Roof

Hammer Beam Roof 1
Image by Scays via Flickr

I took these shots in a hall in Alcester Town Hall, because its the first time I have ever seen a good original example of an English Hammer beam roof.,  used when a long span was needed. Not a true truss, the construction is similar to corbelled masonry in that each set of beams steps upward (and inward) by resting on the ones below by means of curved braces and struts. I another fine example is in Sterling castle, I have had a meal in here and wished I had had more time to study it.

The lighting for my shots ws very poor, so I had to make do, more on the flickr site

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