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date: 22 September 2020

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This chapter considers the architecture, fixtures, and furnishings of the parish churches and chapels of medieval Britain and the range of functions they were designed to accommodate and reflect. After an introduction and discussion of the essential and more common component elements of the church buildings, the processes of design and construction are touched upon. Reference is made to changing architectural fashions, taking account of regional preferences and the availability of building materials. Discussion then focuses upon the features that might be provided to support worship and to enhance its setting, especially in the vicinity of the altars but also in the areas of the churches occupied by the laity.

Keywords: church, chapel, parish, architecture, medieval, materials, furnishings

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