Chivy-lès-ìČtouvelles
(Aisne, France)
Saint-Pierre
Surveyed: 1972-74, 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 was an earlier apse to the east of the apse buttresses, probably round, and a straight bay with high windows and a barrel vault that still exist; the remains of the lower courses would have been buried in the concrete fill in the entry to the apse
The crossing aisles were built in a number of small campaigns; the western crossing piers with double shafts were erected to theaisle capitals on the north, including the lower six courses of both lateral chapels that are butted into the earlier apse
Western crossing piers side entry arch imposts and the transept walls were raised to match the east
Crossing clerestory, probably without the arch as it was substantially raised later
West wall with north leg of west aisle as a hoarding; the entry arch built with the north aisle window head
Nave piers and south aisles walls were added with no buttresses
N aisle wall with pointed doubleau arches;
Nave clerestory with crossing vault and the west wall and window as the design matches the pre-existing upper west wall; the springing of the arch between apse and nave was raised 4 courses with upper walls of the nave clerestory; crossing vault built with upper walls of crossing because cells let into wall, with 'r' section, supported on head corbels angled to suit ribs; arch into nave raised at the same time;
Second story of the tower;
After 1240, eastern bay of the apse with tracery and vault; the remnants of the old apse would have been demolished at this time;


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