(Aisne, France)
Surveyed: 1980-83, 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.
Nave arcade with only geometric patterns on imposts with rectangular crossing piers with projection for nave; the nave corners are square while the crossing is splayed and piers wider suggesting they were part of the earlier apse.
Southern chapel added with wall bases first and joint over torus and above that the uniformity in dimensions shows chapel set out at the one time with shafts for rib vaults with three small windows to east; ES1s capitals in chapel possibly the first with simple impost, and misalignments suggest they had been moved from some other place, date possibly 1130s, the others were later
North chapel walls with similar complex issues
Apse 1-3 and raise the crossing with big caps, probably in two campaigns as the supports for the vaults in the east are part of the design while on the crossing piers they are squeezed into corners; when they demolished earlier apse, left unfinished masonry that was tidied up later.
Traceried widows inserted into both chapels; tidied openings from apse into chapels with drums and heavy splayed arches typical of the C17.

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