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Chancel arch, general view.

Image of the feature "Chancel arch/Apse arches: Chancel arch" at Eartham.

by Kathryn Morrison.

The round-headed chancel arch is composed of two orders. The arches are quite plain, and the imposts have a high upright face, with no groove, and a plain chamfer. The inner arch descends onto carved capitals on half-columns; the bases are composed of two superimposed rolls, without a scotia.

The N capital is carved with crooks or stems, which rise to form angle volutes, with the exception of that on the E face, which curls inwards. Between these, on the main face, is an animal head (rabbit?) with long, upright ears. Flanking it are hollow chip-carved triangles and below it is a strange motif with three cusps on the top.

The S capital is also carved with crooks or stems, which rise to form angle volutes. Between these, on the main face, is a bearded male head, flanked by hollow chip-carved triangles.

The outer order descends onto plain jambs, but the upper course of that on the S side has been replaced by a projecting block.