Nave S doorway tympanum, lintel and arch

Image of the feature "III. Exterior Features: 1. Doorways: S nave doorway" at Hampton Bishop.

by Ron Baxter.

Nave S doorway, round headed, single order with tympanum and lintel

The jambs are plain and square-sectioned; the top block on each jamb being a plain chamfered bracket to support the lintel.  The lintel itself is heavy and monolithic, being decorated on its front face with a band of fishscale at the top (four rows of scales) and two rows of chip-carved saltires in squares immediately below the fishscale, coming near the bottom of the block.  The lower edge has a plain flat fillet and the upper edge is chamfered back into the plane of the wall.  The lintel carries a plain tympanum made up of 12 blocks in two uneven courses; the lower of squarish blocks of similar sizes, the upper of irregular-sized blocks cut to fill the semicircular field.  This tympanum is surrounded by a chevron arch that springs from the ends of the lintel.  It is decorated with lateral centrifugal face chevron with a fat roll at the inner angle and a thin one outside it, with a cogwheel inner edge. The label is chamfered with a row of billet on the chamfer.  It has short returns at either end, the E return damaged.

Set above the apex of the label is a double springer, described below.


Height of opening 2.28m
Width of opening 1.14m
Height of lintel 0.47m
Width of lintel 1.27m