(Yonne, France)
Surveyed: 1980-83, 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.
There was a consecration of something in 1169, perhaps a foundation stone?
Groin vaulted chapels and transept walls and south aisle wall to S5, drops below string, and on north drops down west of N3 to similar level; the nave bases all for 6-part vaults, alternating plans.
Nave pier caps 1-3 together with west crossing.
Transept, crossing and W1-3 high vault together, and there are joints partway along the crossing ribs ghat together show there was something in the middle that was not removed until later, affected piers 4-6 and delayed the upper works in western bay. No trace of clerestory windows.
Apse added between chapels and the imposts have chamfered corners.
Upper parts aisle walls and their vaults, nave piers 4-6 similar in plan but later bases and capitals.

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