3rd pier from W, NE

Image of the feature "Nave: N arcade" at Kirkby Lonsdale.

by James Cameron.

The N arcade is of quite exceptional ambition for a parish church. As the arcade continues in E.E. style for a further four bays, the members will be discussed exceptionally from west to east. The profiles of the arches differ in each bay: the first arch has three parallel fat rolls, the second is simply chamfered, the third a half-roll flanked by two half-hollows. All have a simply chamfered hood on the S side, except for the third, which has a roll. The N side has no real hoods to the arches, and the relieving arch is visible. The N side is now easiest to observe because of the 16thc. outer south aisle.

Each column stands on a plinth approx. 1m tall. Each plinth is of four sections: a chamfered base, then a narrower stage surmounted by a wider stage with a upper and lower chamfer, then a narrower stage on top.


Average height of arcades (floor to peak of arch soffit) 5.81 m (approx.)
Average width of bay (pier drum to pier drum) 2 m
Height of plinths 1 m (approx.)