Image of the feature "Blind arcades: (N and S sides of chancel)" at Earl's Barton.
by Ron Baxter.
The chancel blind arcades have plain en-delit columns with attic bases on square plinths with chamfered corners. The base of the westernmost column on the N side (N1) is carved with almond-shaped leaves in the scotia, and has spurs. The plinths stand on a raised sill. The capitals (described individually below) and impost blocks are carved from the same blocks, and carry round-headed arches of a single order, carved with face chevron (roll-hollow-roll). There are five full arches, plus the springing of a sixth, on the N; there are six full arches on the S. A window intrudes into the W end of both arcades; a priest's doorway has been fashioned out of the third arch on the S side, and an aumbry fitted into the sixth. The easternmost arch on each side shows signs of re-assemblage and re-cutting. In addition, three sedilia (see below) on the S appear to have been composed of elements from a dismantled section of the arcade. The arcades have no labels.
|average distance between columns||0.70 m|
|h. of arcade from top of plinth||1.56 m|
|h. of capitals (incl. imposts)||0.22 m|