Virtual Tour of St Mary's Church, Eaton Bray - Pages 13-14


The North Arcade

On the north side (left as you face the altar) we have "an Early English arcade of exquisite beauty" (Alec Clifton-Taylor).

North Arcade of St Marys Eaton Bray


The pillars are composed of eight circular shafts clustered around a central column, supporting capitals carved with interlaced leaves, from which spring lavishly moulded arches.

In a small church, it is almost too lavish and complex, worthy of a much larger building.

Detached Shafts on pillars in North Arcade of St Marys Eaton BrayNotice how on alternate pillars the shafts are detached from and bonded to the central column, giving very subtle variations in light and shade.

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