Lesges
(Aisne, France)
Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
Surveyed: 1977, 1980-83, 2003, 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.
Square apse and crossing, with walls to arches into north and south arms, side buttresses for tower, windows very high up and no vaults.
Apse shafts and capitals added onto inside of walls, with the vaults; decorated arch into nave, replaced
Tower I to setback at level of top of later nave clerestory capitals.
Central opening into the nave rebuilt with raised arch that may have included aisles but the entries between nave and choir were delayed a while, or the aisles may have been added later.
North chapel walls with corbels, shaft caps to level of arch into apsidiole, but no window to north nor ribs; plinths higher than east.
North window and vault with the arches over both openings into nave aisles.
Tower II with shafts and capitals, and openings filled.
Douth room with pointed arch and ribs on corbels from level of increased width to chapel and underside of window.
Nave west wall and door capitals, with short return for 3 courses in south corner, followed by outer walls of the nave constructed in a dozen small campaigns with some 5 courses in each.
Nave capitals and arcade to the full height and vaulting of the aisles with drums made from very large stones.
Western rose, heads of nave clerestory and high vaults.
Apse windows replaced.


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