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Author Potter, John F., author

Title Bar locks and early church security in the British Isles / John F. Potter
Published Oxford : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd., [2020]


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 144 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Access Archaeology
Access archaeology.
Contents Chapter One: Keys and Bar Locks ; Chapter Two: Church Bar Locks in England ; Chapter Three: Church Bar Locks in Scotland ; Chapter Four: Church Bar Locks in Wales ; Chapter Five: Church Bar Locks in Ireland ; Chapter Six: Comments and Conclusions on Bar Locks ; Chapter Seven: A Review of Possible Church Modifications to Enhance Security ; Chapter Eight: Church Security in England ; Chapter Nine: Church Security in Scotland ; Chapter Ten: Church Security in Wales ; Chapter Eleven: Church Security in Ireland ; Chapter Twelve: Conclusions ; Important Note and Resulting Apologies ; Glossary ; References
Summary Bar Locks and Early Church Security in the British Isles examines the evidence for the measures taken to make church buildings secure or defensible from their earliest times until the later medieval period. In particular it examines the phenomenon of 'bar locks' which the author identifies in many different contexts throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Bar locks take various forms and can be made of different materials, but they all provide a means of locking a door by placing a bar behind it from the inside which is then secured onto the door frame or housings on adjacent walls. The most dramatic examples are provided by thick wooden bars slotted into recesses incorporated in the adjacent door jambs. The volume describes and lists all the examples identified by the author and also publishes his photographs of the evidence for the first time. The recognition of the role of bar locks in securing churches led the author to consider further measures which may have been introduced to enhance church security; these measures could Have had major implications for structural change and design in the buildings. These supplementary protective requirements and methods for achieving them are many and various and are also considered in the volume. -- Provided by publisher, page 4 of cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 142-144)
Notes Print version record
Subject Church architecture -- Great Britain -- History -- To 1500
Church buildings -- Security measures -- History -- To 1500
Church doorways -- Great Britain -- History -- To 1500
Locks and keys -- Great Britain -- History -- To 1500
ARCHITECTURE -- Buildings -- Religious.
Church architecture.
Church doorways.
Locks and keys.
Great Britain -- Antiquities.
Great Britain -- Religion.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1789693993