Volume IV: South-East England

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Overview
National Grid Reference of Place of Discovery
Present Location
On ledge of east window of Vicar's chapel
Evidence for Discovery
First mentioned in Finny 1926
Church Dedication
All Saints
Present Condition
Broken and slightly worn
Description

The shaft is of rectangular section and tapers slightly towards the upper end. It is broken roughly horizontally above, and roughly broken below and to the rear, so that face C and approximately half the width of faces B and D are lost.

A (broad): Dressed flat.

B (narrow): There is a pair of broad, plain, low-relief mouldings to the left; the face is decorated with an encircled pattern C interlace, apparently incorporating free rings.

C (broad): Broken away.

D (narrow): Decorated with interlace which probably resembled that on face B, with the border along its right-hand edge.

Discussion

This is part of a square cross-shaft, but too little survives for it to be clear whether it was originally monolithic, or built in sections, as were other southern English square shafts, such as that from Elstow, Bedfordshire (Ill. 268). It is impossible to tell whether the piece was originally only decorated with interlace, or whether there was a mixture of motifs as at Bishops Waltham, Hampshire (Ill. 421).

The probable use of free rings in the interlace suggests a date in the late tenth or eleventh century, when this feature appears to have originated (Collingwood 1927, 65, 68). The flaccid and disorganised manner of laying-out the decoration supports such a late date.

Date
Tenth to eleventh century
References
Finny 1926, 212, pl. I; Johnston 1926, 232, pl. I; Finny 1943, 3; Kendrick 1949, 86; Rice 1952, 137; Nairn and Pevsner 1971, 331; Tweddle 1986b, i, 95, 234, 247, ii, 395 - 6, iii, pls. 54b - 55a
D.T.

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