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Choir, N wall. Photo: Derek Parker.

Image of the feature "IV. Interior Features: 5. Interior Decoration: a. Blind arcades: Chancel" at Devizes.

by Allan Brodie.

The north, east and south walls of the eastern bay of the chancel have blind arcading which was restored in the 19th century. Originally there would have been similar arcading in the western bay of the chancel but this disappeared when the chapels were added on either side of the chancel. The intersecting arches are decorated with chevron and above the arches is a band of imbrication. The capitals are 0.16 – 0.17m high and 0.20m wide at the top. The abaci are 0.14 – 0.15m high. Similar arcading existed at St Mary’s church at Devizes and at Melksham.

East Bay of Chancel North Arcade

1        Western shaft – This has a scallop capital with acanthus-type leaves between and a line of beads at the corner. The mouths of the scallops are linked by a beaded band. The abacus has an intersecting arched pattern on its vertical surface.

2        A plain scallop capital with triangular, concave sections between and a moulded abacus.

3        This capital is decorated with acanthus-like leaves at the corners and the abacus is decorated with chevron.

4        This shaft has a scallop capital with very eroded foliate forms along the top of it and a moulded abacus.

5        Eastern shaft – The capital is decorated with simple foliate motifs, inexpertly carved. The abacus is also crude, with a band of chevron on its vertical surface.

 East Bay of Chancel East Arcade

 1        North shaft - A plain scallop capital with triangular, concave sections between and the abacus has an intersecting arched pattern on its vertical surface (19th century?).

2        A 19th century capital with a moulded abacus.

3        This capital has a cushion shape and its surfaces are decorated with acanthus-type leaf forms. The neck is decorated with two bands of rope moulding. The abacus has an intersecting arched pattern on its vertical surface.

4        This capital has a cushion shape and is decorated with various leaf forms, stems treated as straps and bunches of grapes at the corners. The front face has three semicircles decorated with beads and chevron, and these enclose small multi-lobed leaves. The abacus is decorated with chevron and seems to date from the 19th century.

5        This capital is very similar to number 4 though the side faces have a different pattern of foliage. On the south face there is a small face with a mouth from which the stems flow. The neck is decorated with two bands of rope moulding and the abacus is moulded.

6        A 19th century capital with moulded abacus.

7        South shaft – A simple scallop capital with an abacus with a band of zig zag on its vertical face (19th century?).

 East Bay of Chancel South Arcade

 1        Eastern shaft – This has a scallop capital with acanthus-like leaves between and a beaded band along the top of the scallops. The abacus has a pattern of intersecting arches with occasional beads along the top.

2        A 19th-century scallop capital with moulded abacus.

3        A crude capital with debased, classical-style foliage. The abacus which is decorated with chevron dates from the 19th century.

4        This shaft has a 19th century capital and abacus.

5        Western shaft – A simple scallop capital with moulded capital with a band of chevron on it.