(Aisne, France)
Surveyed: 1977, 1980-83, 2003, 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.
Crossing with massive domical rib vault, one of the first providing a tall space; though capitals replaced they are in the manner of this decade.
Nave arcade includes whole of west wall, no clear date but after the crossing; bases and remnants of west capitals indicate this date.
Nave clerestory with windows over the piers, and cornice
South arm with dado and entry and stairs with one dado arch next to stair entry, and rose on the west; the entry into crossing springs a little higher than imposts of crossing as broken through under the older arches: altogether five campaigns from the breaks in the stairs.
North probably laid out at the same time as the south, but completed a little later.
Rebuild east with heavy tracery [could be later].
South aisle wall angled 2.7m at the west to 3.5m and the dado on the west side of the south was blocked of and is a new western entry; north nave wall.

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