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REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Obscure Architectural Term of the Day!

SPERE. A fixed structure which serves as a screen at the lower end of an open (medieval) hall between the hall proper and the SCREENS PASSAGE. It has a wide central opening between posts and short screen walls, and there is often a movable screen in the opening. The top member is often the tie-beam of the roof truss above; screen and truss are then called a spere-truss.

Yes, a two-fer, in which we also find out what is a:

SCREENS PASSAGE. The space at the service end of a medieval hall between the screen and the buttery, kitchen, and pantry entrances.


From the Penguin Dictionary of Architecture, Third Edition.

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