E crossing arch from W

Image of the feature "Tower/Transept arches: E crossing arch" at Buildwas Abbey Church.

by Ron Baxter.

Slightly pointed and of 2 orders to E and W. The arch is curtailed by the chancel walls, so that the outer orders die into the walls and only the 1st order has supports; capitals on conical corbels rather than shafts. The N capital has a waterleaf design, doubled on the broad main face, and the S is quadruple scalloped on the main face with slightly pointed shields and shathed cones. neckings are plain and the quirked hollow chamfered imposts are continuous with those of the flanking crossing arches. The conical corbels are 4 courses high, and the top course on each side also has a necking. The arches in all orders are plain and square and there is a quirked chamfered label on the 2nd order, W face.