(Loiret, France)
Surveyed: 1977, 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.
Choir probably single cell with thick walls, dated ex plaque in which nave 2 bays where now there is one; the square pilaster ES1s part original church and above the archway ES1-e is square and ES1e rectangular; to north and south the squashed bases are b
North choir aisles, south sits on earlier wall; all bases rectangular; choir walls En2-Es2 all round as piers have rectangular pilasters; with capitals to En1,2,3,4,5, EN5, ES5, etc.
East aisle vaults; there is a thin stone 1 course above arcade shows signs of a string course being chopped off and suggesting that work could have stopped just above this in 1210, ready for a roof and for occupation in 1212.
South nave doubled arcade with heights to match earlier, and remnants of arcade and low clerestory string removed with the large arches and south aisle of C15
Choir clerestory
En1 and Wn1 crossing piers with squashed tori, octagonal plinths; also the wall Wn1-2 with the decision made here for taller aisles; EN1 replaces earlier and there is a joint to west of En1.
Pillier cantonee with triplet shafts, built to capitals; the transept joint to east of n1 part of the decision for wider bays; all erected within early nave.
Nave aisles, n3-5 drums and wall
West portal
North transept string where the decision was made in N1 crossing caps where first triforium cap has square impost; there was preparation for this to string in the south where work stopped, their being no trace of triforium in S1 piers..
Octagonal triforium capitals for a glazed triforium and windows
Later pilasters added over south nave piers, leaving traces of earlier walls projecting, and with it the wide south aisle C15.

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