If you look carefully around the Abbey there are some reminders of the early Savigniac buildings. High up on the walls of one of the South Transept Chapels there is a line of decorative diamonds. These diamonds were part of the original Church, reused here as facing stones. Oddly though this area would have been in a roof space above the chapel below, therefore not often seen. Seems a shame for such lovely decoration; at least it is visible today to be admired though.
Next to the Undercroft is a large wall, white from the covering of lichen, forming a support for the adjoining wall. At some point in the Abbey’s life the undercroft wall must have been moving, so a new, larger, support was needed to help hold it up. This wall is what was constructed. Oddly though, part the way up the wall, the eyes and nose of a face protrude out from the flat stones that surround. It is hard to say where this carved face came from; it could have been part of an earlier Abbey building reused here, although the carving does appear to have a very Celtic look about it. It is entirely plausible that this was a Celtic carving that was found in the area and subsequently used in the construction of this wall. All that can be said for certain is that is was deliberately placed with the face pointing outwards for all to see. Medieval humor? Or a nod to the areas past beliefs? Who can say!
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