Saturday, 3 July 2010
Martin church near Horncastle in Lincolnshire, has a fabulous chancel arch. This narrow arch is a text book example of the Transitional style, the moment when Norman architecture gradually gave way to Early English Gothic. In this arch we have a blending of the two. The responds are entirely Norman in character, with two orders of shafts topped with fairly standard Norman capitals, a pair scalloped and a pair with volutes. A little bit of nailhead decoration is incorporated into these capitals too. Then the whole thing is topped with an Early English arch, a steep pointed arch. The whole thing must be late twelfth or early thirteenth century.