The 'king-post' reached from the centre of the tie-beam to the point of the roof.
Like a battering ram, this king-post could be driven end-onward against the mighty red-iridescent sphere.
But the old style of king-post, queen-post, or hammer-beam roof was prevalent.
Sometimes the roof was held up by a single 'king-post' in place of two queen-posts.
The cross rail, or transom, is strengthened by braces and a king-post to make it lighter and cheaper.