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Hampton Court Roof
The second largest example of a hammer beam roof in the UK, built to cover the great hall of Henry V111\'s Tudor Palace at Hampton Court on the banks of the Thames near London, UK
A suspended feature in Gothic architecture, used in stone vaults and timber roofs. Also called a pendent. In the example on this page the continuation of the hammer post hanging under the hammer beam is a pendant.

hampton court palace roof

The roof here is 40ft span with a length of 108 ft. The ridge is 60ft above the floor.

This roof was designed and built around 1540 for king Henry VIII. This type of hammer beam roof is said to be of the pendant style. The hammer beam takes the weight of the hammer post through a tenon or tenons with the post running past the beam with decorative features under.

hammer beam bracing frames

An interesting feature of this roof is the lengthwise bracing between the trusses. At the position of the hammer posts there are smaller frames that in themselves contain hammer beams.

Other notable hammer beam roofs:-

Westminster Hall roof.

Eltham Palace roof to the great hall, built for Edward 1V in the 15Th century.

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