Mogneville
(Oise, France)
Saint-Denis
Surveyed: 1977, 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.
Earlier apse probably in the middle with a nave with openings for an aisle to the south that can be seen in the remains of an arch into nave bay 3 still part of extension of pier.
Lowest courses of the crossing without lateral chapels marked "1" in MCS13:7
Crossing and two chapels in 7 or 8 small campaigns by only a few teams starting with bases to chapel entries with chapel and transept walls in one campaign, bases to west crossing in another; the SE-s base has a plinth that would have supported a crossing pier closer to the south, as in the other entry piers, but it was cut out and the crossing shifted northwards; the raised plinths indicate an earlier arrangement that was unfulfilled [joint lies between chapel entry shafts and the rib shafts at the level of the plinth].
South chapel capitals to nave entry to west (a-) and arch to start of south window; this wall on the south continuous from SC shaft to opening into nave and therefore these caps by Group 3 are before Group 1; also there is a half-arch in this wall against the crossing suggesting a doorway, that can be viewed in full on the nave side and shows that the arch is before the crossing shafts that are bonded into the infill under the arch, and bonded over the little arch into the side of the arch into the nave.
Both chapel pier capitals flanking the chapel entries (a-) and NC entry arch carved together and showing that there were breaks here because arches need time to settle; includes start of nave arcade north side two courses lower than entry into north transept
West crossing piers and capitals around the crossing with crossing arch including NW1ne rib shaft and the tower buttresses are butted into the nave; the south side of the arch into the nave is a couple of courses lower than the north
Entry into future south aisle
South vault capitals S-s clerestory with location of joint indicated in south window frame; the ribs are butted into earlier crossing arch; there is an oculus in west wall
North vault capitals in 3 corners, ribs built with wall but butted into crossing arch with the north window
Eastern rectangular bay, capitals and vaults with the east wall and window, and the whole assembly was butted against the crossing and chapel walls
Nave arcade arches on the north built with the inserted opening in the north arm for an aisle that was probably built as the roof-flashing groove shows the outline of the aisle roof; also above the first nave pier WS3 a splayed impost supporting a pointed arch that matches the arch on the north; he;ped to stabilise the tower base for the intended tower and spire
Nave arcade arches on the north built with the inserted opening in the north arm for an aisle that was probably built as the roof-flashing groove shows the outline of the aisle roof; also above the first nave pier WS3 a splayed impost supporting a pointed arch that matches the arch on the north; he;ped to stabilise the tower base for the intended tower and spire
Tower I over rib vault to crossing.
Removal of north apsidiole, replaced with double square bays.
Removal of south apsidiole, replaced with double square bays.


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