Chancel arch, north respond from east, bases

Image of the feature "IV. Interior Features: 1. Arches: a. Chancel arch/Apse arches: Chancel arch" at Campsall.

by Gerry Fountain.

The pointed arch has two orders to both nave and chancel. The south respond was replaced in the later medieval period. Restoration has replaced some original work entirely, for example in the bases. Apart from the pointedness, all original features making up the arch are standard mid twelfth-century forms, and not late ones. See Comments, pointed arches, below.

First order common to east and west on north side has restored plinth and collared base (convex and concave layers); a half round column and double capital with heavy angle volutes with spirals, and further spirals either side of the angles. These overhang cones which are hollow or fluted. Impost (restored) somewhat similar to that used on the west doorway, that is, a chamfered lower section with a horizontal slightly hollow band; a rounded angle; a plain upright with groove near the rounded angle.

In the arch, plain in the soffit; an angle roll to both east and west; on the face on both sides of the arch, a fillet and a broader plain band.

Second order to west or nave: The base is not accessible. The capital is double scallop with ridges between the cones which are scored with upward-pointing vs. About half the height of the capital is above the scallops and is plain. Impost appears to be original. In the arch, an angle roll and plain to the sides.

Second order to east or chancel: The plinth is plain and square, the base tall and collared. Engaged column rising to double scallop capital. This appears to be a copy of the capital on the second order to the nave. Impost as for first order. In the arch, as to the west, an angle roll and plain to the sides.