Gournay-en-Bray
(Seine-Maritime, France)
Saint-Hildevert
Surveyed: 1980-83, 2004, 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.
Eastern wall and laterals, and lower aisle walls in the nave
West crossing piers and wall shafts to aisle capitals, start of arcade arches.
All the other bases to second last nave bay (or more) and caps 2-7 to first course above the impost.
Complete nave arcade with large shafts to articulate the clerestory; in the next phase the alternate shafts were omitted above the first course.
East aisle partially built on southern side with some caps to E4, ES3, ES2e and some along south wall; I presume rest of church was in the way and work no further work was undertaken until phase 9.
East aisle partially built on southern side with some caps to E4, ES3, ES2e and some along south wall; I presume rest of church was in the way and work no further work was undertaken until phase 9.
Nave clerestory walls and four caps possibly over two campaigns with clerestory wall probably up to drip mould under windows; looks like there may have been additional openings where the intermediate shafts were added in phase 13.
Lower transept walls, where 5 bands of rubble show number of campaigns, and square chapels
Completion of choir aisle piers, reusing old caps from the 1080s and providing new ones, and vaults; I would presume that the confusion evident in this area was because the earlier choir stood in the way.
SE2-e chapel with square eastern wall.
Apse clerestory and high vaults.
North and south transept clerestories and high vaults.
Nave clerestory two eastern double bays with small caps set between the larger older capitals, and with them the start of the clerestory vaults.
Round chapel NE2-e set onto a square footing, inserted into NE2 bay.
Western bays of nave wall dado W6-7.
Western aisles caps over 2 piers.
West clerestory caps and vaults.


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