This is a glossary of the technical terms used in entries in Simon's Suffolk Churches. The glossary is organised in alphabetical order; click on the word you want to find out about, and a definition of it will appear in this window.

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Affirming Catholicism, aisle, altar, Anglo-catholic churches, apse, arcade, aumbry

banner stave locker, baptistery, Baptism, Broad Church, Butterfield

Cautley, chancel, chantry, chrism, chrismatory, clerestory, Comper, confessional, consecration cross, corbel, credence

decalogue, dedicatory inscription, doom, Dowsing

Easter sepulchre, English Orthodox, Eucharist, Evangelical churches, evangelistic symbols

font, flushwork, flying bishops, Forward In Faith

Galilee porch, gesso, Gospels

hammerbeam roof, hatchment, High Church, holy water stoup



lancet, Laud, Lenten veil, Low Church, low side window

Mass, mensa, misericord, monstrance, Mortlock


Orthodox, Oxford Movement

parclose, Phipson, piscina, poppyhead, pulpit, pyx


Reform, reliquary, reredos, retable, rood, royal arms

sacraments, sacring bell, sacristy, Salvin, sanctuary, sanctus bell, screen, sedilia, spandrels, squint

tabernacle, transepts, tympanum