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On the Norman Doorway at Alne in Yorkshire

By J. Romilly Allen

The Journal of the British Archaeological Association, Volume 42, 1886, pages 143-158

About this Text

A doorway of the Alne Church in Yorkshire, UK, is carved with several animal scenes derived from the bestiary. This illustrated article describes each carving.

The south doorway of the nave is round-headed, the arch having two orders of mouldings, ornamented on the face with a series of medallions containing figure sculpture. The outer series is of the greater interest, as each is inscribed, leaving no doubt as to the subjects represented. The outer arch consists of nineteen voussoirs, of which seven are modern restorations quite out of character with the rest, and three are entirely defaced, leaving a residue of nine stones in good preservation; which will now be described in order, beginning from the springing of the arch on the west side. Each voussoir has an animal or other figure carved upon it, beneath an arch, with an inscription in Latin capitals, neatly cut, in the centre, and a pellet-ornament at each side. - [Allen]


The print editon was published in 1886. This file is the J. Romilly Allen article from The Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 1862, which contains several other unrelated texts. The book was digitized by Google, and is in the public domain. Only the page images are included in this file; for other formats see the full digital text.