S transept, S wall, C vault, respond, E capital from NE.

Image of the feature "Transept: S transept S platform vault" at Ely.

by Ron Baxter.

This six-bay groin vault has transverse ribs carried on the S arcade capitals to the N, and dying into the aisle wall on the S. The only sculpture is on the capitals of the central buttress shafts. This buttress consists of a broad flat two-step pilaster with a central half-column flanked by nook shafts, and it must belong to an earlier design for this S platform, since the central transverse rib abuts the impost of the central capital. The capitals are of the block type with volutes at the angles, roll neckings, and chamfered imposts with rolls at the upper and lower edges of the chamfer.