Morienval
(Oise, France)
Saint-Denis
Surveyed: 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.
The tower base in the west with arches to north and south, with little buttresses to west and sides; the west walls of the aisles were butted into them.
Choir and transepts with crossing arches where a change in stonework over arches of chapels is more or less in line with start of adjacent window.
West tower II
Nave aisle arcade and walls abut earlier crossing and westworks followed by the clerestory wall.
East towers I
East towers II
East towers III
East towers IV
Western tower level III
Apse chapels added between older towers with ribs and cells built with walls and the high vault shafts that were added on the inside of the older walls where there used to have double shafts as in west crossing.
East clerestory wall, capitals and rib vaults
Completes the vault with the four boss-panels
North chapel.
Crossing and nave vaults.


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