Barley sugar column


Columns with twisted spiral shafts.  A true barley sugar column, also known as a Salomonic column, is deeply incised and heavily spiralled.  It is difficult to find good examples in Canterbury.  Image 1 below is close to convincing, but image 2 is only lightly incised, sometimes known as a ‘barber’s pole’ spiral.  Image 3 seems (in the low light of the Cathedral crypt), to show signs of spiral incisions, but on close inspection does not – the spiral motif is simply painted on.

Local examples