Last edited 04 Jun 2021

Keel moulding

The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture (third edition) was published in 1980. It was created for Penguin Reference and compiled by John Fleming, Hugh Honour and Nikolaus Pevsner.

It defines keel moulding as: ‘A moulding whose outline is like the keel of a ship - a pointed arch in section’.

It is a type of decorative moulding that has a fillet that looks like a keel and projects from the centre. This type of architectural ornamentation was common during the medieval period as part of the Early English Gothic (or Decorated) styles. Examples of keel moulding typically date from the late 12th century until late in the 13th century.

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