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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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"The nave and its hammerbeam roof is 15th century, although restored, while the chancel and its roof are 19th century.
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