Hammer-beam


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Ham´mer-beam`

    (~bēm`)
n.1.(Gothic Arch.) A member of one description of roof truss, called hammer-beam truss, which is so framed as not to have a tiebeam at the top of the wall. Each principal has two hammer-beams, which occupy the situation, and to some extent serve the purpose, of a tiebeam.
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The Town Court is unchanged since it was designed by York architect Robert Trollope in 1655 and the room features a hammer-beam roof with carved masks supporting the various guilds of the town.
Whilst the Tudor State Apartments are magnificent--with the Great Hall's spectacular hammer-beam roof (left) and the Great Watching Chamber's gold-leafed ceiling, and the walls in both decorated with sumptuous sixteenth-century tapestries--they currently give visitors little sense of what it was actually like to be present at Henry VIII's court.
Beneath the central tower a wide staircase takes you to the great hall, soaring three storeys high to the open hammer-beam roof.
Not just for God's presence, perhaps, but at the hammer-beam roof, restored 20 years ago.
They do not require the cover of gothic arches and hammer-beam roofs.
It is considered one of the state's most significant examples of Gothic Revival architecture, with purist details like a functional hammer-beam roof and a paneled altar decorated with strapwork designs flanking a center embroidered cross.