Central choir chapel, S blind arch, S capital

Image of the feature "Blind arcades: Choir E wall" at Chester.

by Ron Baxter.

To either side of the main apse arch is a round-headed blind niche of one order. The arch is carried on detached multilith nook-shafts, of which the S shaft of each niches survives. These carry tall engaged capitals of indeterminate form, the best preserved (S niche, S capital) with signs of a roll necking. Above this capital is a hollow chamfered impost with a row of chip-carved saltires on the face. This is the only impost to retain any of its decoration. The N arch is eroded past the stage of interpretation, but the S has a quirked angle roll and a low face roll, as on the S choir aisle wall (5.a.(i) above).