Château-Landon
(Seine-et-Marne, France)
Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
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.
North nave aisle wall with herringbone coursing, date uncertain
West wall as a 2-storey ashlar panel with sidewalls in rubble; it may have been connected to the side walls;
Upper part of west wall with window
Lower choir walls with the same little figures at the bases; the stub for north nave, and on south a shaft; the base of this shaft turns to the west as if for a wall but does not align with the remains of the south wall that is displayed in the clerestory; the tops of the splays into the north aisle are decorated with little figures; the choir sills and south transept entry portal with their capitals that were by one of the crews that later worked on the clerestory capitals.
Apse window capitals and arches; they are in a different manner to those in the vaulting capitals and are 5 courses lower.
Choir ribs and arches, some with triple rolls and some with flat sections; the varied profiles suggest a number of campaigns.
Nave aisle arches; north nave arcade added between choir and west wall, with timber roof; the order of the stonework against the base projecting from the crossing pier suggests the arches to the west were after; yet the quality of the stonework and the quarry suggest a less sophisticated period, in which case the stub would have been inserted under the older arches.
Courses of the north nave clerestory windows are tied into the soffits over the western arch; presume it had been the same in south as there are vestiges of the same windows over the inserted 15th century arches; these continue into the transepts.
Three stories of the tower
Rebuilt south nave aisle, demolished arcade and most of the walls while leaving the upper courses and the roof in place.


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