- pertaining to the first style of Gothic architecture in England, ending in the latter half of the 13th century, characterized by the use of lancet arches, plate tracery, and narrow openings.
Origin of Early English
First recorded in 1800–10
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They are a peculiar mixture of early-English and Renaissance, but the effect is very pleasing and picturesque.Nooks and Corners of Old England
- a style of architecture used in England in the 12th and 13th centuries, characterized by lancet arches, narrow openings, and plate tracery
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