Welcome to CRSBI

The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture is a complete online record of all the surviving Romanesque sculpture in Britain and Ireland, surviving at more than 5000 sites.   It provides us with a unique window on the aesthetics, beliefs, daily life, preoccupations, humour and technical skills of the artists and people of this creative and formative era.

Every entry includes information on the historical and architectural context of the building, a first-class photographic record, and a scholarly description of the sculpture.  Our work continues and many sites are already available on this website.

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Newsletter - fourth issue

Congratulations to our newsletter editor Peter Hayes for the fourth issue published April 2015, following on from the success of the first three issues in 2014.  Find the latest Newsletter under Resources.  Next issue Autumn 2015!

Fieldworkers please!

We are always in the search for more fieldworkers, and we need several more in key areas.  We need more help with recording in Devon, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Lancashire and Cumbria, and more help in Wales.  For further details contact Nora Courtney using the contact link above.


Please try our MyCRSBI section where you can save searches and notes on site reports for your own reference.  Only you will see the lists and comments saved to your MyCRSBI account.  Click on MyCRSBI in the header menu.


Help wanted - fonts with sloping tops

Posted 5 months, 1 week ago.

I recently recorded the font at Tillingham, Essex for the Corpus. It is the only one I have seen in which the bowl is clearly designed to slope towards the celebrant, like a lectern. For photographs, see the site entry. Has anyone seen this feature anywhere else - if so we would be grateful to hear about it via the contact email.

Four new editors

Posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago.

Four new editors have joined the CRSBI team of editors.  Fieldworkers' material will be double-checked by this expert team, and publication of their material to the CRSBI website will be faster than ever.

CRSBI Annual Lecture - April 28th

Posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago.

Professor Tessa Garton gave our annual lecture for 2015 on Evidence set in stone? Twelfth-century sculptors and workshop practices in northern Palencia, Spain. (28th April 2015 at the Courtauld Institute of Art).  The lecture was well attended and one can only imagine that sales of flights to northern Palencia went through the roof, as the CRSBI community discovered the quality of work to be seen there.  We would like to thank Professor Garton for a superb lecture.