Font and Statues, St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden, Essex, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
N 52° 01.485 E 000° 14.390
31U E 310635 N 5767387
A 15th century font and two more modern, controversial statues.
Waymark Code: WMBHVE
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 05/24/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
Views: 1

The font dates to the late 15th century. It was restored in the 1790s. Originally the font stood near the west door and before that in the north and south chapels. The font is of octagonal form with quatrefoil carvings. The cover is modern.

In the South aisle are two early twentieth century carved figures, The Virgin Mary and St James. The statues were sponsored by the mother of a young man killed in the First World War. The face of St James was taken from a photograph of the young man and caused great controversy at the time. There were 600 objectors which led to a diocesan inquiry, which finally ruled in favour of the figures.
Approximate Age of Artefact: Late 15th century and 1920s

Relevant Website: Not listed

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