The galley-slips around Zea were roofed by a row of gables supported by stone columns, each gable sheltering two triremes.
The western gable with its flamboyant window and Gothic door and the massive square tower are all that is left of the original edifice.
It has a fine Norman cathedral, upon the gable of which is one of the best extant busts of Julian the Apostate.
On this side of Gable is the fine detached rock, Napes Needle.
The crow-stepped Gothic gable of the south transept affords the main entrance to both churches.
Parallel with the sea (in which the gable ends of several of the quaint-looking houses stand), and so narrow in places as not to allow of two vehicles passing each other.
There is a fine Gothic church dating from 1348, but subsequently in part destroyed and used for secular purposes; the town hall (1475) has a fine gable filled with sculpture, and contains some interesting antiquities.
Wasdale Head, between Gable and the Scafell range, is peculiarly grand, with dark grey screes and black crags frowning above its narrow bottom.
The roof was thatched, and perhaps had a gable at each end with a hole to allow the smoke of the wood fire to escape.
Its style was mainly Early English, the western gable Norman.