Image of the feature "III. Exterior Features: 2. Windows: Nave N clerestory windows" at Buildwas Abbey Church.
by Ron Baxter.
There are 7 round-headed windows to the clerestory on each elevation, one above the centre of each arcade bay. Unusually the exteriors of the windows are less elaborate than the interiors. On the exterior each window is of 2 plain and continuous chamfered orders with a quirked chamfered label that continues as a stringcourse between the windows.
On the interior the windows are of 2 orders: the 1st plain and contiouous without a chamfer, and the 2nd with a plain arch originally carried on detached nook-shafts with capitals. All of the nook-shafts are missing. The capitals survive, but generally badly eroded. In 4 cases enough detail remains to attempt a description, and these are given below. Again there is a quirked chamfered label that continues as a stringcourse between the windows, and there is a similar, straight stringcourse at sill level.