Image of the feature "Other: Nave" at Chester.
by Ron Baxter.
The nave has shafting for a wooden roof consisting of a single shaft between each bay of the N and S elevations, starting at the bottom of the triforium and continuing to the present roof level. On the N side the shafts have annulets at the level of the triforium arcade annulets. A chamfered string course passes over the shafts at triforium impost level, and another at the foot of the clerestorey. There are pseudo-neckings which pass over the shafts at the level of the clerestorey base neckings, and the shafts themselves are filleted at clerestorey level. They terminate in capitals at roof level, but these are later additions. Thus for the entire N elevation except the westernmost shaft between bay 4 and the start of bay 5, which survives for part of an arch at clerestorey and triforium level before it is cut off by the W wall. This shaft has a stiff leaf capital at the level of the clerestorey capitals. On the S side the design of the westernmost N shaft is repeated throughout.