Compiègne
(Oise, France)
Saint-Jacques
Surveyed: 1972-74, 1980-83, 2011, 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.
Choir setout and bases
As west crossing caps w1 aisles are earlier than choir clerestory, being about 1190, suggests eastern walls at this level may have been about the same time.
Lower walls to transepts
Choir triforum and clerestory into transepts, first two bays in the nave aisles about the same time
Nave aisles bays 2-6 aisles
West bay caps later, but work probably continued all round, but dropped down along west wall;


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