N Nave, arcade, pier 5, from NW.

Image of the feature "Nave: N arcade" at Ely.

by Ron Baxter.

Round headed, 12 bays, bay 12 blocked. Generally as S arcade but stylistically earlier. The vaulting shafts towards the nave are all half-columns on dosserets, a system only used for the first two piers of the S arcade, but like the S arcade the treatment of arch orders changes at bay 5. Capitals are generally as on the S arcade, but there are two oddities: Pier 8 E side third order: the impost is carved with single cable on the angle between face and chamfer; Pier 12 E side third order: scallop capital — triple to E, double to S.