Barzy-sur-Marne
(Aisne, France)
Saint-Eloi
Surveyed: 1980-83, 2003, 2015
This is an experimental section where John James is attempting to identify the carvers though the use of common templates and/or a recognisable manners of carving. Such a large-scale analysis of all the capitals in these buildings has not been attempted before. As an ongoing enterprise that is still in its infancy, we seek your input. John believes this has the potential to increase our understanding of how they worked and to provide a more solid basis for dating than we have had.
Church with nave where presently.
Apse begin lower walls, in plan apse expands, but all bases have been replaced
Apse with openings for transepts in at least two campaigns as there are square imposts to north arm and to south aisle entry while the rest are octagonal and around 12cm higher
Remaining crossing capitals with octagonal imposts, apse, and start of vaults with splayed doubleau arch.
The square impost mason returns for the western crossing piers and profiled doubleau.
Footings for nave walls and while the west wall is parallel to crossing piers within 6 cm, the nave piers not equal, which suggests that the earlier building may have been in the way and the masons worked around it as best they could.
Apse walls completed, circular caps to windows.
South arm, simple arch into aisle
North arm to thin imposts and lower sills
Nave 1-2 piers, very pointed arcade arch
Nave 3-5 piers set lower, and west door. nave clerestory 1-3, small windows,


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