Last edited 12 Jul 2021



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 a poppyhead as: ‘An ornamental termination to the top of a bench or stall end, usually carved with foliage and fleur-de-lis-type flowers, animals or figures. A poppyhead is, in fact, a finial.'

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