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Name of stone atop a pillar?

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  1. Possom

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    What is the name commonly used for the concrete "stone" which sits on top of a pillar such as shown. I presume it's going to be something like top stone or cap stone? What do most builders refer to it as?

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    Pier cap.
     
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    Thank you noseall.
     
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    Pilaster cap in old money
     
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    That's interesting. I hadn't heard that term before either.
     
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    A pilaster is traditionally a classical column which is built directly in, or against, a wall face - quite often flat rather than circular. So as this pier is free-standing, the capping cannot be described as a pilaster cap. 'Pier cap' is the more correct terminology.
     
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    OK then ... "A pier, in architecture, is an upright support for a structure or superstructure such as an arch or bridge"

    Is the OP's pier supporting an arch or a bridge? If it is then it wont need a cap. :rolleyes:

    I would also suggest that a pier is always attached to something, in this context a wall, but something closer to home like Blackpool pier is attached to the land. Whereas a pillar is independent.

    So "pillar cap" it is then.
     
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    Whatever :LOL:
     
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    No offence intended - pillar cap it is!:)
     
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    A cowboy builder would call it a 'paving slab'
     
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