Urcel
(Aisne, France)
Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
Surveyed: 1980-83, 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.
As far as one can tell from the post-war rebuilding and pre-war photographs, the western porch was butted into the west wall of a nave with all three doors, and thus the tower was first then the porch.
Porch joined onto tower originally with three gables and circular window from pre-war photos.
Tower II, all the tower stories were before the apse as the present crossing reflects a somewhat taller building.
Apse with three chapels and dado arcade with shafts for transept and crossing, and keel shafts in apse, for the joint iss visible outside where pilaster changes just above the slope, 3 courses above the ground
Apse about 7 courses with double shafts externally to underside putlok holes; on inside with first course of window and start of interior round shafts and pointed arches in dado.
2 or 3 courses to window sills as keel shafts added on the outside and the continuous drip; since the octagonal shafts in central chapel were not completed there is a joint partway up windows with shafts with rings, includes oculus.
All 4 bases and piers of W1 with splayed plinth and larger shafts, in some 8-9 courses.
Round arches to windows, circular shafts above octagonal window shafts, vault capitals; about 8 courses including upper aisle capitals and round arch to E2 and cornice; WN wall and piers with splayed plinth.
Pointed arch to east entry with “pineapple” decoration, and WS wall and piers with south plinths.
Windows over crossing, was there any thought for a lantern
Nave aisle followed by the arcade and clerestory above; much replaced after the war.
Tower IV and lost octagonal spire?


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