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1 Slight projection formed by a pitched roof over the naked of a gable-wall. The junction between the tiles on the roof and the top of the wall has to be watertight, and this is achieved by creating a tight joint, using tiles and mortar (parged verge), tumbled brickwork, etc. If the roof is extended beyond the naked of the wall, with a board fixed under the edge of the roof-covering, that board (often decorated, carved, and cut with fret-work) is termed barge- or verge-board.

2 Shaft of a Classical column.

3 Small ornamental shaft of a medieval colonnette, e.g. the Purbeck-marble shafts on piers of the First Pointed style of English Gothic.

Subjects: Architecture.


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