Capital capitals at Peterborough

The SPAB Scholars spent last week at Peterborough Cathedral, which was built in the 12th Century as an Abbey Church. Over the following centuries the building was extended numerous times, creating a complex tapestry with a Romanesque core, transforming towards the West end into the Early English and the Decorated styles. At the East end the final addition to the church an extremely fine high perpendicular ambulatory. The North Nave Aisle contains an incredibly fine selection of Romanesque Capitals. Each of these are of strikingly different designs and is individually very beautiful. For me this is one of the most sublime examples of how the creativity of the 12th craftsman is expressed both in humourous and complex works of sculpture.

Amongst them both geometric and zoomorphic designs are employed. One of the most eccentric examples represents a feline monster eating the capital it rests upon.

A now we’re off to Malta, on the search for Baroque fortifications, Megalithic Temples, churches and cathedrals, and some insider knowledge from acquaintances in charge of conservation of Malta’s unique Cultural heritage. Oh, and let’s hope for some sunshine away from Blighty!

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