A water leaf capital on the south transept chapel window - SMC060
The carved designs that can be found on the top of columns and piers are known as capitals. In St Magnus Cathedral there are a large number of different types of capital decorations. Water leaf capitals can be found in the crossing and transepts.

This capital is on the east window of the south transept chapel. Water leaf capitals consist of a broad leaf design which is unribbed and tapered. It curves out and then turns in at the top. The water leaf capital is a distinctive late twelfth century design.

Water leaf capitals, which are very similar to the St Magnus Cathedral designs, can be found at Rippon Collegiate Church, carved in the 1180s, and other Northern English churches, carved in

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