Laon
(Aisne, France)
Saint-Martin
Surveyed: 1972-74, 1980-83, 2003, 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.
W9 to north door
Crossing and eastern nave lower aisle
The apse arches to the side windows mark a junction as the capitals are frozen in design as in the Bishops chapel.
Choir eastern chapels, capitals covered but the vault is clearly visible; and first two bays of nave; there would have been a campaign over the chapel vaults, probably just below the corbels for the cross arches; bases for crossing piers not designed for ribs, had to be fitted over one of the respond shafts later, showing an intention for a wooden roof
Choir upper widows, and clerestory vaults; the capitals probably included the vaults and the windows though this joint in the north steps down under the corbels to NE2 and lower on the north to where the corner shaft gets thinner and then to the tower base; on the south to 1c below SE1-e window sill (setback on edge of jamb) and down to below corbel SE2, but maintains height because capitals show includes the start of the vault over Ws1 and extension of wall into Ws2.
W2 aisle bay vaulted, showing this side ahead of n under the towers.
Crossing caps extended upwards for taller interior and rib shafts added for crossing.
Transepts gallery, W1-2aisles caps and vault, rib shafts are en delit with rings and possibly an afterthought
Complete W1-3aisles to vaults, nave aisles 4-9
Transept rose windows, flyers


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