Balustrading - a primer

Monday, November 05, 2012

Balustrading - a primer

[caption id="attachment_1007" align="aligncenter" width="200"] The Hever balustrade[/caption] Amongst  my postbag I received a note from Mr T. K. of Sevenoaks asking the simple question. What is a balustrade anyway? A balustrade is a run of decorative supports (balusters)  for a coping or handrail and is often seen on substantial buildings. Chilstone sell miles of balustrading every year and we sometimes repair balustrading as we did at lovely Hever Castle following the Great Storm of 1987. The singular form is baluster and is similar (confusingly so) to the bannister on a stairway, which performs the same role but is thinner and less decorative. Single balusters can also be used as supports for birdbaths, statuettes and sundials. If you would like to know more about balustrading follow this link (just don't mention it at dinner parties) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baluster  

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