Middle English gable, gavelfrom Norman French gable (perhaps of Celtic origin) and from Old Norse gaflghebh-el- in Indo-European roots
On this side of Gable is the fine detached rock, Napes Needle.
Its style was mainly Early English, the western gable Norman.
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.
All the mountains offer easy routes to pedestrians, but some of them, as Scafell, Pillar, Gable (Napes Needle), Pavey Ark above Langdale and Dow Crags near Coniston, also afford ascents for experienced climbers.
The regular form of the buildings was rectangular, the gable sides probably being shorter than the others.