A House with Crow-stepped Gables at Crail

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 17mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f10, Shutter: 1/250

Taken at Crail, a beautiful little fisihing village in Fife, Scotland. Crow-stepped gables were used in Scotland as early as the 16th century and the majority of houses in these little fishing villages have them. Stepped gable, Crow-stepped gable, or Corbie step is a stair-step type of design at the top of the triangular gable-end of a building. The top of the parapet wall projects above the roofline and the top of the brick or stone wall is stacked in a step pattern above the roof as a decoration and as a convenient way to finish the brick courses. Roofs in Scotland are typically steeper than in the rest of the United Kingdom (possibly because it snows more) making for steeper and more step-like steps.

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