Bury
(Oise, France)
Saint-Lucien
Surveyed: 1977, 1980-83, 2003, 2014
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.
Remnants of the earlier apse exist in the large shafts on western piers of the crossing; this was not for ribs; also from the earlier building i include the north wall by entry to aisle and beyond to parts of the outer north and south aisle walls;
All nave bases were set out together with the west to suit the height of the old choir; capitals placed first in the northern bays with the chevron arches and the rib vaults on the first bay with their caryatid figures.
Continued the work into the southern aisle
South portal
West and south aisle vaults completed with the west door; began the circular stairs in south-west corner;
Raised the clerestory walls that were higher in the east and started the high vaults in the first piers
Continued to construct the nave clerestory with all capitals and vaults, there was some delay to the western end; spire over stairs probably at this time;
In the east all the outer wall bases were set out together; there was a steady flow of construction in many small campaigns over the next fifty years;
Work continued in the aisles and transepts; east window begun;
The central crossing piers were begun after the removal of old choir;
Aisle vaults in the east and some walls over them;
Slow progress into the gallery and upper walls around the choir;


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