S choir chapel arch, W face, N inner order capital

Image of the feature "Chancel arch/Apse arches: S apse chapel arch" at Chester.

by Ron Baxter.

The original arch has been blocked and a much narrower pointed arch takes its place. What survives is on the W face only, and consists of the capitals of two orders of the N embrasure, along with short sections of nook shaft, imposts and part of the arch face of the outer capital. Then there is a section of an arch face occupying approximately the two-o'clock position. This is likely to be the outermost order since it has an angle roll and face hollow and terminates in a lip similar to the outer order of the main apse arch.

Inner N embrasure capital: only the W face is visible, inside a hole in the wall. It is block shaped and elaborately carved with foliage stems with a large Byzantine blossom on the angle, all in low relief. It has a plain roll necking shaped to fit a nook-shaft, but none of its shaft is visible. The W face of the impost also survives, and is hollow chamfered, the chamfer carved with the same design of loosely looping cable as on the N apse arch impost; the face apparently carved with loops of foliage enclosing elaborate flowers.

Outer N embrasure capital: carving survives only on the S face. The capital is a cushion with a roll necking. The shield is defined by a stem and filled with foliage stems in a tangled design. The bell is carved with loosely looped thick stems, some with traces of beading, and the one on the lower angle enclosing a further loop of stem, triple reeded and tangled with thinner single stems. Part of the nook shaftsurvives below the capital, and a there is short section of carving on the inner end of the chamfered impost block. Again the design consists of loosely tangled stems. A single voussoir above the impost is carved on its face with an angle roll and face roll, but it may not be in its original setting.