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Corbie Steps

Corbie Steps, a corrupted form of corbel steps, are the steps in which the slope of a gable is sometimes built to avoid the monotony of a plain slope. This method of decoration is a common feature of Netherland architecture, and may be seen, at Antwerp among other places, both upon old and new buildings. Some of the colleges of Oxford also present instances of it.