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Parvise or Parvis may refer to:
  1. A room over the porch of a church—quite often found in Norman churches in England. In some churches these rooms were used for school rooms and in Castle Ashbymarker was the home of a woman - who saved the manor house from burning when she saw the fire taking hold from her room.
  2. The enclosed area or court in front of a building—particularly a building such as a cathedral or a church. In some places they are like a cloister, surrounded with either colonnades or porticoes. As a result, when applied to a single portico or colonnade in front of a church, this gives rise to the description of a church porch.

Examples of Parvises

Image:CAParvise.JPG|The Parvise at Castle AshbymarkerImage:ParviseBletchingley.jpg|Bletchingleymarker Church ParviseImage:MalmesburyParvise.JPG|Malmesbury AbbeymarkerImage:Dodford Church 16th March 2007 (2).JPG|The Parvise at Dodfordmarker Parish Church, Northamptonshiremarker


  1. The Oxford Dictionary of English (revised edition). Ed. Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson. Oxford University Press, 2005
  2. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Ed. E. A. Livingstone. Oxford University Press, 2006
  3. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. Ed. T. F. Hoad. Oxford University Press, 1996.

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