Laval-en-Laonnois
(Aisne, France)
Saint-Nicolas
Surveyed: 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.
3 courses all round (excluding crossing) with the old church in the way so had to be built inside to top of torus or just above; with a hexagonal staircase
East with round-arch dado; coursing steps down to north chapel, and then to lowest courses to opening into nave.
South side of west crossing piers look similar, the large shafts for future nave arcade intending aisles
Ditto, north side but different dimensions and shafts not same
Both crossing clerestory caps, though crossing piers set out at different times with north and west transept walls, openings.
Transepts and their vaults in whih the outer caps not with crossing, but probably later; confused stonework around north side of opening into nave, and similarly on the south.


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