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Church of St John the Evangelist, Edinburgh: close-up of the fan vaulted ceiling

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Burn, William (1789-1870)
NOTES: The roof was modelled on Henry VII's chapel in Westminster Abbey.

Dublin Castle, Dublin: the Chapel Royal

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Johnston, Francis (1760-1829)
NOTES: The interior plasterwork was by George Stapleton.

Dublin Castle, Dublin: the Chapel Royal

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Johnston, Francis (1760-1829)
NOTES: The interior plasterwork was by George Stapleton.

Dublin Castle, Dublin: the Chapel Royal

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Johnston, Francis (1760-1829)
NOTES: The interior plasterwork was by George Stapleton.

Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, London: the Long Gallery with Gothic fan-vaulted ceiling

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Chute, John (1701-1776)
NOTES: Horace Walpole purchased Strawberry Hill, a follly, in 1747 and spent until 1776 expanding and redecorating it to his own specifications. He was assisted by two friends, the amateur architect, John Chute, and the draughtsman, Richard Bentley. William Robinson of the Royal Office of Works oversaw the construction.

King's College Chapel, Cambridge: the fan-vaulted nave

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Clerk, Simon (1434?-1489)
SOURCE: David Loggan. Cantabrigia illustrata (Cambridge, 1690?), pl. XII

St Mary Aldermary, Watling Street, City of London: detail of the arcading and fan vaulting in the nave

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Wren, Sir Christopher (1632-1723)
SOURCE: George H. Birch. London churches of the XVIIth and XVIIIth Centuries (London: Batsford, 1896), pl. LI

Westminster Abbey, London: the nave vault and arcade seen from the west

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Yevele, Henry (d. 1400)
NOTES: A Benedictine abbey was established on this site in the 10th century and it has been the coronation church of English monarchs since 1066. Construction on the present church began in 1245. The Gothic nave was begun in 1376 under Abbot Nicholas Litlyngton (d. 1386), and completed by the master mason, Henry Yevele, in the 1390s.

Westminster Abbey, London: Henry VII's Lady Chapel

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Janyns, Robert, the Younger (fl. 1499-1506)
NOTES: This addition, commissioned by Henry VII (1485-1509) and built in 1503-1519, is attributed to the master masons William and Robert Vertue, and Robert Janyns.

Westminster Abbey, London: the fan-vaulted roof at the east end of Henry VII's Lady Chapel

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Janyns, Robert, the Younger (fl. 1499-1506)
NOTES: This addition, commissioned by Henry VII (1485-1509) and built in 1503-1519, is attributed to the master masons William and Robert Vertue, and Robert Janyns.

Gloucester Cathedral: the fan-vaulted monks' lavatorium at the west end of the cloisters

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NOTES: The cathedral was built between 1089 and 1499. It was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott between 1873 and 1890, and in 1897. The cloisters, begun after 1351 in Perpendicular style and completed before c.1360, have the earliest surviving large-scale fan vaulting.

Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, London: the Long Gallery with Gothic fan-vaulted ceiling

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Chute, John (1701-1776)
NOTES: Horace Walpole purchased Strawberry Hill, a follly, in 1747 and spent until 1776 expanding and redecorating it to his own specifications. He was assisted by two friends, the amateur architect, John Chute, and the draughtsman, Richard Bentley. William Robinson of the Royal Office of Works oversaw the construction.
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