Religious architecture


Apse

Semicircular or polygonal termination of the chancel, which is typically situated at the eastern end of a Christian church.

Box pew

A type of church seating with enclosed sides

Devil’s door

Blocked-up door in the north wall of a church, once believed to have been an escape route for the Devil when he left a child as a result of the sacrament of baptism.

Gwennap Pit

Amphitheatre in which John Wesley preached between 1762 and 1789, occupying a depression that was possibly formed by the subsidence of underground mine workings.

Lavatorium

Structure close to the refectory of a monastery, providing washing facilities.

Lych gate

Roofed-over gateway into a churchyard.

Misericord

Wooden ledge on the underside of a folding seat in a church, intended to support a member of the congregation while standing.

Nave

Central part of a church, used by the laiety.

Reredos

Large ornamented wall, screen, or other structure placed behind the altar in a Christian church.

Retable

Redirected to reredos.