Bargeboard

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For the aerodynamic device, see Bargeboard (aerodynamics).
Ornate bargeboards to the gable end of a temple in Chang Mai Thailand
The Saitta House, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York, built in 1899 has a thick bargeboard.[1]

Bargeboard (probably from Medieval Latin bargus, or barcus, a scaffold, and not from the now obsolete synonym "vergeboard") is a board fastened to the projecting gables of a roof to give them strength and to mask, hide and protect the otherwise exposed end of the horizontal timbers or purlins of the roof to which they were attached. Bargeboards are sometimes moulded only or carved, but as a rule the lower edges were cusped and had tracery in the spandrels besides being otherwise elaborated. The richest example in Britain is one at Ockwells in Berkshire (built 1446–1465), which is moulded and carved as if it were intended for internal work.[2]

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  1. ^ Saitta House – Report Part 1”,DykerHeightsCivicAssociation.com
  2. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bargeboard". Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.