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Crossing, E side from W. Photo: Derek Parker.

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

by Allan Brodie.

Originally the central tower was open to the crossing beneath. From the ground floor the bases of the arcading of the lantern can be seen. The first floor of the tower is adorned with intersecting arcading decorated with a simple chevron. The arcading survives on the north and east walls with small parts on the west and south walls.

North Wall

 1        Western capital - a simple scallop capital.

2        Removed.

3        Very mutilated.

4        No capital but the underside of the arch has a crude face carved in it.

5        Volute capital.

6        Scalloped capital.

7        Eastern capital - volute capital.

East Wall

1        Northern capitalvolute capital.

2        Cut away.

3        Removed.     

4        Volute capital.

5        Volute capital.

6        No capital but a face set into the underside of the arch.

7        Volute capital.

8        Volute capital.

9        Volute capital.

10      Volute capital with flat leaves behind.

11      Southern capital – removed.

South Wall

1        Volute capital.

2        Volute capital.

West Wall

1        Small volute capital.

Second Floor of Tower

The inside of this floor of the tower has two openings on the east and west walls and one on each of the other two. The inside faces of the openings are decorated with roll mouldings carried on engaged shafts with small capitals. Around the arches there was a narrow band of chevron decoration, most of which has been removed.

North Wall – A single opening

West capital – A small capital with no obvious abacus. The capital is decorated with triangular-topped vertical leaves.

East capital – A scalloped capital.

East Wall – Two openings

North opening north capital – A scalloped capital.

North opening south capital – A scalloped capital.

South opening north capital - A scalloped capital.

South opening south capital - A small volute capital with a vertical stem in the middle of each face of the capital.

South Wall – A single opening

East capital – A scalloped capital.

West capital – A scalloped capital.

West Wall – Two openings

North Opening – north capital – A blank stone.

North Opening – south capital – A small volute capital with a vertical stem in the middle of each face of the capital.

South Opening – north capital – A scalloped capital.

South Opening – south capital – A scalloped capital.