Lhuys
(Aisne, France)
Saints-Médard-et-Gildard
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.
Nave arcade north side, like Baume, built with west front and dog-tooth, and jut butted into west
Nave arcade south 1-5 in which the first bay wider with larger pier, possibly for a low-height transept; the heavy doubleau at WS2 reinforces this idea.
North aisle wall, date from cornice
South aisle wall, date from cornice
Crossing bases, piers on the west include one capital in the aisle and those at the clerestory level, decision at that time to have a taller building needing taller transepts.
Apse with dado arcade in first bay, butted into crossing piers.
South bases taken only a short height.
North capitals and vault, butted into north aisle wall with EN1 capital as impost plan different
East clerestory and vaults with SE1 crossing capitals
Nave clerestory for five bays, for timber roof
Tower two levels, meant to support a further level, but turned into a gable.
South completed with capitals and vaults.


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