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Fanlight

- glazed area above door, designed to brighten the halls of Georgian Houses. Fanlights were often supurb examples of craftmanship and imaginative design and tended to reflect current fashion and technology. Initially timber, they became more delicate as technology improved to allow the use of metal. The first real fans appeared in Dublin in the 1740's. The current trend of stamping fanlight shapes into mock georgian doors is probably the worse of the current crop of heritage parodies.
See transom light.
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