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Fan vaulting in Bath Abbey

 

I had no words, neither in German nor in English, to describe the delicate, precious geometrical structure of this vault. The art historians chose the image 'fan' to describe the structure. "The ribs of a fan vault are of equal curvature and rotated at equal distances around a central (vertical) axis, forming the conoid shape which gives rise to the name. In between sequences of conoids, flat central spandrels fill the space. According to Leedy (1980), the fan vault was developed in England."  Do you understand this description? 

Never I saw  such a beautiful ceiling, and the picture cannot capture the heavenly feeling when you are  looking up to the vault which is a Victorian restoration of the original roof of 1608. I saw fan vaulting also in other English cathedrals (Canterbury, Gloucester ...).

 

My thoughts are today in Great Britain ...

 

 

 

Fan vaulting in Bath Abbey

 

I had no words, neither in German nor in English, to describe the delicate, precious geometrical structure of this vault. The art historians chose the image 'fan' to describe the structure. "The ribs of a fan vault are of equal curvature and rotated at equal distances around a central (vertical) axis, forming the conoid shape which gives rise to the name. In between sequences of conoids, flat central spandrels fill the space. According to Leedy (1980), the fan vault was developed in England."  Do you understand this description? 

Never I saw  such a beautiful ceiling, and the picture cannot capture the heavenly feeling when you are  looking up to the vault which is a Victorian restoration of the original roof of 1608. I saw fan vaulting also in other English cathedrals (Canterbury, Gloucester ...).

 

My thoughts are today in Great Britain ...

 

 

 

comments (8)

It is stunning! I love your description!
Philine: Many thanks, Elizabeth!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 May 2019, 04:21
A thing of utter beauty Philine, I see it often
Philine: Yes, you know - a colour picture were more fitting.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 23 May 2019, 06:55
Philine: Sorry, Chad's comment was deleted: " Idid not know that fan vaulting was developed in England. I shall bear that in mind as I look at other churches."

"The fan vault is attributed to development in Gloucester between 1351 and 1377, with the earliest known surviving example being the east cloister walk of Gloucester Cathedral. Harvey (1978) hypothesises that the east cloister at Gloucester was finished under Thomas de Cantebrugge from the hamlet of Cambridge, Gloucestershire, who left in 1364 to work on the chapter house at Hereford Cathedral (also thought to have been fan vaulted on the basis of a drawing by William Stukeley). The other three parts of the cloister at Gloucester were begun in 1381, possibly under Robert Lesyngham.

Other examples of early fan vaults exist around Gloucester, implying the activity of several 14th century master masons in this region, who really created the fan vault and experimented with forms of its early use." Many thanks, Chad!
Enjoy your days on the European mainland! GB is sinking in the crisis - it is so sad!
Quel beau travail !!
Philine: vraiment, Claudine - a coloured picture would be better to show the honey - coloured fan vaulting.
  • Salima I.E.M. Senders
  • Netherlands
  • 23 May 2019, 07:42
Philine all your pictures this week make me wish to travel to that certain church to see this beauty with my own eyes...
Philine: Heel bedankt voor je vriendelijke woordjes, Salima! Bath Abbey is special beauty!
It is wonderful indeed Philine

I am off to vote shortly. hopefully to encourage an end to this madness
Philine: Yes, this madness must find an end, it is unbelievable and unbearable, the whole European continent is suffering ... - I voted per postal vote some days ago. Many thanks, Bill! I have just received an email from Alan, he is feeling so much better and wants to escape.
A lovely delicate structure Philine.
The delicacy is evident in this beautiful ceiling.

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