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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 93  1977  page 40

Excavations on the Site of Leeds Priory Part  I  - THE CHURCH  By P. J. Tester, F.S.A.  continued

by cutting a doorway at the east end at its southern limit at a point previously partly covered by the junction of the Norman aisle wall. Its sides were splayed, and a rebate indicated that the door opened towards the east. On the inner (eastern) angles of both jambs was a vertical keeled roll, while externally on the south similar rolls flanked the semi-octagonal base of a missing jamb-shaft (Plate VIIB). This base was mutilated but Fig. 2, no. 3 reconstructs its profile. Superficially, it might appear to be Perpendicular although the elements of which it is composed are not necessarily late, and circumstantial evidence suggests that the doorway was contemporary with the widening of the nave and aisle.
   Against the inside of the aisle in its easternmost bay there occurred a semicircular marble base of a respond though from its position it is doubtful if this indicates that the aisle was vaulted (Plate VIA). On the outer face of the aisle were several courses of Caen stone ashlar facing— obviously re-used from the demolished Norman nave as some of the stones were found to have twelfth-century carving on the hidden sides, such as part of a scalloped capital. On the outer side, the faces of the blocks had been re-tooled leaving impressions quite dissimilar from the characteristic Norman tooling (Plate VIB).
   Presumably, the south aisle was rebuilt on similar lines at the same time, the rectangular plinth of the respond of its

south arcade remaining attached to the inside of the west wall (Plate IXB). The rebuilt south wall contained much re-used Caen stone, as previously mentioned. Two doorways existed in this wall — one occupying the customary position for a processional door in the western bay, and the other in the second bay from the transept. Both had marble cills and the external jamb mouldings of the western doorway were sufficiently preserved to indicate their Decorated character (Plate IVB). The other doorway was probably of identical form judging from a displaced jamb moulding found near by, most of the doorway itself having been destroyed to cill level. Covering the threshold were remains of a floor composed of large plain yellow and dark tiles laid chequer-wise, scored with radial grooves by the scraping of the door and indicating that it was hinged on the west side. A curved stone step bordering the tiles was formed so as to accommodate the inward swing of the door (Plate IIIB).
   In the west side of the south transept, close to its junction with the aisle, a step and marble cill alone remained as evidence of a doorway at that point providing yet another communication between church and cloister.
   Projecting from the south wall of the aisle into the north walk of the cloister were four large moulded bases bonded into the wall with the lower parts of filleted shafts rising from them (Plate IVA and Fig. 2,

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