Vicars Court Project

Masonry recording

SCAG members continue to gently clean, record and photograph the pieces of mediaeval masonry in the Dean’s garden. Peter Ryder and Chris Brooke supervising. The close up shows an intriguing piece which has C12th scallop design on the rear and C13th roll moulded capital on the front. Obviously a reused piece as the Norman scalloped abaci is upside down and far less weathered than the Early English gothic capital. So within 50 years or so the piece has been taken down (or never used?), recarved and probably been used on the outside of a building for many years until it too was redundant and ended up on the rockery. The crudely carved pillar to the left is intriguing as well as it appears pre-Norman and even possibly Roman?

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