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Two arched lintels windows with cut brick lintels inside relieving arches, in Stoke Newington Church Street.

Sometimes segmental and flat lintels are used together.

Flat Lintels inside arches

The relieving arches carry the weight of the wall round the windows and down to the ground. This allows the brick work within the arches to be half a brick thinner than the outer wall. The cut bricks of these particular lintels and of the arch, are very thin, hardly thicker than tiles.

This form of construction gives an elegant appearance to the building with contrasting brick colours and interesting shadows, far more attractive than a plain brick wall.