Spire light

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The town hall of Altdorf bei Nürnberg, Germany with spire light

Spire light (Fr. lucarne), the term given to the windows in a spire which are found in all periods of English Gothic architecture, and in French spires form a very important feature in the composition.[1]

There is an early example in the spire of the cathedral at Oxford; they are not glazed, and have occasionally, if of large size, transoms to strengthen the mullions.[1]

The term lucarne is used in France to mean "dormer window". They take many different forms which distinguishes the form of small roof above the window. "à chevalet" (straight lucarne), lucarne avec saillie and lucarne "à la capucine" (or with receding roof).[citation needed]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Public Domain One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Spire Light". Encyclopædia Britannica. 25 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 693.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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