Lavilletertre
(Oise, France)
La Nativité
Surveyed: 1980-83, 2005, 2014
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.
The crossing and east apse and transepts were probably first for rib vaults, and may have been built quickly; though apse all refaced inside leaving no signs of campaign changes
Nave in many campaigns, probably annual, with footings planned for five bays, then thickened west end.
Capitals to the low narthex by the entry.
West portal capitals and entry arch.
Nave aisles and window sills
Nave windows after completion of the arches of the aisle vaults
Nave clerestory and vaults and crossing.
North transept outer capitals and vaults


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