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Last edited 05 May 2022
A canopy is an overhead roof structure that has open sides. Canopies are typically intended to provide shelter from the rain or sun, but may also be used for decorative purposes, or to give emphasis to a route or part of a building.
Today,canopies may be independent of other structures, or may projects out from a structure such as a building, typically providing shelter at an entrance. It may be supported by the building it is attached to, and / or ground mountings cables, stanchions or upright support posts.
NB Inform Guide: Fireplaces, published by Historic Environment Scotland on 1 April 2008 and last updated on 31 August 2020 states: ‘Some fireplaces have a canopy or hood projecting from the fire surround over the hearth. These ensure that smoke travels up the chimney and help radiate heat into the room. Canopies are made in a wide range of materials such as copper, aluminium, brass or steel, and were frequently highly decorative elements.’
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