Pont-Saint-Mard
(Aisne, France)
Saint-Médard
Surveyed: 1980-83, 2017
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.
Two storey west wall with decorated portal and double windows in good quality stone; with pilasters for nave arcade.; can we presume a timber nave between the two?
Apse and next bay with two capitals in eastern window similar to St Pierre at Chartres, and with highly decorated shafts, and one damaged capital in the crossing like Berneuil-sur-Aisne; with shaft on the west for nave arcade.
Nave drum piers with simple capitals (astragal and impost only) and arcade arches; to clerestory in at least three campaigns.
North and south transepts butted to apse, aisle walls added, arches set into external faces of nave arcade walls for intended aisle vaults, but not built.


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