Nave, S arcade, pier 2, capital.

Image of the feature "Nave: S arcade" at Grafton Underwood.

by Ron Baxter.

Three bays, round headed. The arches are of two orders the N and S; the inner heavily chamfered, the outer square in section. There is a chamfered label with label stops in the form of human heads above the two piers. Piers are cylindrical and responds have a pilaster for the outer order with an attached half-column for the inner. Respond bases are chamfered and pier bases water-holding.

E respond: The first order capital has a roll necking and heavy angle volutes, with three stems rising from the necking on the main face, the central one terminating in a vertical leaf and those to either side in symmetrical spirals. On each side face is a diagonally-placed lily. There is a tall abacus and a moulded impost with a roll, then a hollow and a flat face. The same impost design continues to either side on the pilaster of the second order.

Pier 1: The capital is circular with a roll necking and a multi-leaf decoration on the bell, consisting of alternate spatulate leaves with a spinal row of nailhead rising from the necking, and trilobed lily-like leaves, also rising from the necking. There is no separate impost, but the tall abacus is moulded with a roll, hollow and a row of nailhead on a flat roll. Label stop above pier 1. The head is long with a squared-off chin. Eyes are bulging and almond-shaped, surrounded by heavy lids. The nose is short and straight and the mouth oval with indications of teeth including two drill-holes. The hair is a tangle of shirt heavy locks above a narrow chaplet decorated with a row of drill-holes.

Pier 2: As pier 1, but the tips of the trilobed leaves are bent to the L, as if windblown. Label stop above pier 2. Beardless human head with a simple crown, possibly a queen. It is long and narrow with a tapering rounded jaw. Eyes and noses as the pier 1 label stop, but the mouth is a short, straight horizontal groove.

W respond: Demi-octagonal capital, i.e. with five faces, carved alternately with the same two motifs that appear on pier 1. The impost is also demi-octagonal and moulded, with a roll, a hollow, and a flat face with the upper edge roll-chamfered. This impost design continues to either side on the pilaster of the second order.