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Ancient Irish Church - Unusual Doors

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Not only were church buildings small, in St. Patrick's day, they had unusually appearing jambs for doors and windows.  P.W. Joyce describes them in A Smaller Social History of Ancient Ireland:

...The jambs of both doors and windows inclined, so that the bottom of the opening was wider than the top: this shape of door or window is a sure mark of antiquity. The doorways were commonly constructed of very large stones, with almost always a horizontal lintel: the windows were often semi-circularly arched at top, but sometimes triangular-headed.


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Illustration and quoted passage from A SMALLER SOCIAL HISTORY OF ANCIENT IRELAND by P. W. Joyce.  1906

Book online, courtesy Library Ireland.

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