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The Labours of the Months

The Labours of the Months

The labours of the months were a favourite medieval decorative scheme. They occur singly on twelve of the fourteen capitals on the top of the pillars of the choir. The January carving is on the second pillar from the east on the south side. They then follow in sequence along the south side, and then on the north side working west to east. The last, for December, showing the killing of an ox; is on the second from the east end. Variations occur in the ‘labours’ portrayed. Some are not labours – for instance January is represented by the god Janus.