Chancel, S side, corbels 6, 7. Photo: Derek Parker.

Image of the feature "IV. Interior Features: 4. Vaulting/Roof Supports: a. Chancel: Chancel Vaulting " at Devizes.

by Allan Brodie.

The chancel has two rib-vaulted bays. The eastern responds are a single large shaft (diameter 0.18m) with scalloped capitals and abaci decorated with two bands of zig zag.

North-East Corner Vault Capital

This simple scallop capital has a chevron decorated neck. On the flat face of the abacus there is a strapwork pattern consisting of diamond-shaped motifs with drilled central holes and between each of these motifs there is a little buckle. Beneath there is two bands of zig zag. The sharpness of the carving suggests a 19th century date. Beneath the base the plinth is decorated with what seems to be the remains of a beaded pattern.

South-East Corner Vault Capital

This shaft has a scalloped capital and beneath the base the plinth is decorated with a zig zag pattern.

Central Respond North Side

The central respond consists of four shafts, one each for the diagonal ribs of the east and west bays of vaulting (diameter 0.18m) and a pair of shafts (0.27m wide, projecting 0.19m) for the transverse rib. It has abaci decorated with two rows of simple zig zag on the sloping surface. On the flat top face there is a strapwork pattern consisting of diamond-shaped motifs with drilled central holes and between each of these motifs there is a little buckle.

1        East capital – A simple scallop. Abacus 0.14m high, capital 0.19m high.

2        Central pair of capitals – Scalloped forms, decorated with acanthus-like leaf forms applied to the surfaces and between the scallops. Abacus 0.74m wide and 0.14m high, capital 0.60m wide and 0.19m high.

3        West capital – A simple scallop. Abacus 0.14m high, capital 0.19m high.

The plinth beneath the base of the western shaft has a little chevron motif on it.

Central Respond South Side

The central respond consists of four shafts, one each for the diagonal ribs of the east and west bays of vaulting and a pair of shafts for the transverse rib. The base of the western shaft has chevron around it and another band of chevron along the plinth. This respond has abaci decorated with two rows of simple zigzag on the sloping surface. On the flat top face there is a strapwork pattern consisting of diamond-shaped motifs with drilled central holes and between each of these motifs there is a little buckle. The necks are treated as two bands of rope moulding. The dimensions are similar to the respond on the north side of the chancel.

1        East capital – A simple scallop. 

2        Central pair of capitals – These are treated with a variety of foliate forms and beaded semicircles. On the east side of the east capital there is a small face with a mouth from which the stems flow.

3        West capital – A simple scallop

The north-west crossing pier has capitals with smooth faces, a result of the restoration of the 19th century. The abaci are decorated with rows of simple diaper which may date from the 12th century.

 The diagonal ribs of the chancel vaulting are heavy and decorated with a large roll moulding. The transverse rib has a simple rectangular form.