Villers-Saint-Paul
(Oise, France)
Saint-Paul
Surveyed: 1977, 1980-83, 2003, 2005, 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.
Apse located in centre of new choir, which is may be why later tower was located to the side.
Nave arcade and north aisle wall.
West portal stage I, bonded into south aisle wall.
West portal stage II up to impost,
West gable and nave clerestory with west wall with twin windows and oculus, but cant tell for sure as external stones replaced, but from interior capital and connections between coursing on the inside seem contemporary; cornice interesting.
North wall of choir laid out with start of dado, possibly did not include footings for all choir walls, and was followed a little later with the bases to tower and east of the choir that was placed in second bay to leave old apse in place.
More on north wall, with bases to tower and east with capitals that form a group that seem earlier than south; EN2 under tower passage has corbel and with WN1 crossing pier as capital same as others in the north.
South walls and dado and all walls to lower vaults, began northern tracery and ready to remove existing apse, which may have had 3 chapels in this confined space; the three crossing piers started in separate campaigns; a large campaign that included the tower room over vaultfrom the two slot windows in stairs and that all treads the same.
Three crossing piers; NE2 vault for tower and vault to room over
Gradual completion of windows and the high vaults into the 1260s.


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