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W doorway, S side, capitals and arch.

Image of the feature "III. Exterior Features: 1. Doorways: W nave doorway" at Denny Abbey.

by Ron Baxter.

Round-headed, four orders, of clunch. In the jambs are the remains of four similar orders with bases of indeterminate form on square plinths with upper angle rolls. Of the capitals, only those of the 3rd and 4th orders on the S side retain any indication of their original carving.

First order: both plinths survive, along with the N base and part of the N nook-shaft. Nothing remains of the capitals, imposts or arch.

Second order: both plinths survive, and the N base. On the S is most of the nook-shaft and the capital and impost, both too worn to decipher. Of the arch there is the S springer and most of the voussoir above it, decorated with centripetal face chevron — a single quirked angle roll.

Third order: plinths, bases and nook-shafts survive, in part, on both jambs. Both capitals and their imposts also survive as badly worn and largely shapeless blocks, but on the S capital the remains of palmettes at both outer angles can be distinguished. The arch is carved with a single row of directional chevron on face and soffit, over an angle roll. This points downwards on either side of the apex.

Fourth order: parts of all jamb elements survive on either side. The S capital retains flat leaves at the angles. The arch is effectively a label, of a more resilient stone than the clunch used elsewhere on the doorway. It has a keeled angle roll with a face hollow. Owing to the dilapidated state of the doorway, neither its height nor its width could be measured.