flushwork


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flushwork

(ˈflʌʃˌwɜːk)
n
(Architecture) architect decorative treatment of the surface of an outside wall with flints split to show their smooth black surface, combined with dressed stone to form patterns such as tracery or initials
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English flushwork (essentially knapped flint with the split dark sides facing outwards, framed by freestone dressings) is one of the country's glories.
The present volume has been conceived as a companion work to the earlier book on Flint Architecture (superbly produced by Giles de Ia Mare): it describes what flushwork is, where it occurs, varieties of design, themes with affinities to flushwork, architectural settings, and a gazetteer describes flushwork occurring on the majority of buildings in East Anglia, though Hart makes no claims for completeness.
The scaffolding is now coming down at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral to expose gilded weathervanes and crocketted pinnacles, flint flushwork battlements and stepped buttresses on a tall tower that might well have been designed by John Wastell, the architect who, in the early sixteenth century, built the nave of the former parish church of St James, behind which once stood the huge abbey church containing the shrine of St Edmund.