Presles-et-Thierney
(Aisne, France)
Saint-Georges
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.
Apse for plain vault includes north apsidiole and walls for south (though may not have been built)
Tall wall above windows to roof cornice
Western piers of crossing and west walls of transepts with carved imposts instead of capitals
Nave W1-2 with shaft on inside; in WS2 joint 2 course above aisle impost because arch set in while W1 arches have smaller inset for upper part, rest of arches seem altogether.
Nave 3-5 no inner pilaster with west wall, which extends across aisles and two W-w windows, but no further.
West door part of nave, tower base
Line inside of south transept with large corner shafts and arches to support tower.
W2 pilaster stops at bottom clerestory sills, probably in line with tower I, and seemsthat tower and clerestory were built together so that when this wall was completed buttress added on nw corner tower; there was no indication of this buttress below cornice.
Porch
Crossing with shafts for vaults, en delit
Octagonal south transept vault under tower


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