1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Pargetting
PARGETTING (from O. Fr. pargeter or parjeter; par, all over, and jeter, to throw, i.e. “rough cast”; other derivations suggested have been from Lat. spargere, to sprinkle, and from paries, a wall, the last due to writing the parjet in the form pariet), a term applied to the decoration in relief of the plastering between the studwork on the outside of half-timber houses, or sometimes covering the whole wall. The devices were stamped on the wet plaster. This seems generally to have been done by sticking a number of pins in a board in certain lines or curves, and then pressing on the wet plaster in various directions, so as to form geometrical figures. Sometimes these devices are in relief, and in the time of Elizabeth represent figures, birds, foliages, &c.; fine examples are to be seen at Ipswich, Maidstone, Newark, &c. (See Plaster-work.) The term is also applied to the lining of the inside of smoke flues to form an even surface for the passage of the smoke.