Baptism Font - St Mary - Ottery St Mary, Devon
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N 50° 45.168 W 003° 16.761
30U E 480293 N 5622372
Quick Description: A square 'Butterfield' baptism font in St Mary's church, Ottery St Mary.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/14/2022 2:56:01 AM
Waymark Code: WM16EF6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GeoRams
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Long Description:
A square 'Butterfield' baptism font in St Mary's church, Ottery St Mary. Designed in 1850 - all the marble is from Devon and Cornwall. The cover is in a Byzantine style.

Created by William Butterfield, a Gothic Revival architect and associated with the Oxford Movement (or Tractarian Movement), noted for his use of polychromy (visit link) , the font style is meant to be Norman-like with its big square bowl on a large central shaft and one at each corner. The white marble is from the famous quarry of Carrara in Italy (visit link) but the rest is from Devon and Cornwall, according to the Church Guide - not necessarily real marble in the geological sense: there is no marble in Great Britain, although there are plenty of carboniferous pseudo-marbles, of which Purbeck Marble with its visible prehistoric shells is the most famous (visit link) .
Approximate Age of Artefact: 1850

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