Cerseuil
(Aisne, France)
Saint-Pierre
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.
There may have been a small church with a round east end, as the new building appears to have been constructed around an existing structure;
The nave was constructed, starting with the west front, probably to the west of an earlier entrance; the new nave was built around the earlier nave, and was intended to have aisles; these were never completed.
The upper part of the nave and west window; once the nave was roofed over, the earlier nave was likely dismantled;
The crossing inserted between the new nave and the older east end, with capitals and archway;
The south transept was added and vaulted; its design indicates that it did not meet up with the earlier building; its vault was also much lower than the later crossing, and the connection between the two is unorthodox;
The north transept was begun to the level of the sills; the opening from the crossing was created, and the walls were brought up to the sills; evidence seen in the crossing piers suggests that the original apse was still in place;
The east end was constructed and both it and the north were vaulted, connecting the north and south transepts; once complete, the original apse was removed so that the crossing could be constructed along with the tower;
The crossing piers were completed on all four corners, and the north transept was raised to its full height; both the north transept and crossing were vaulted; after this the room above the crossing was completed;
The upper levels of the tower were constructed;


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