Font and Piscina - St Mary and St Helen's Church, Elstow, Bedfordshire, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 52° 06.893 W 000° 28.171
30U E 673260 N 5776836
Inside the church of Elstow is the old font where John Bunyan was baptised.
Waymark Code: WMC88N
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 08/07/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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The font is still used today and stands on a base. It is an octagonal design and has stone features at the base resembling creatures. Inside the bowl is a shell and water holding implement.

A sign on the wall declares the baptism dates of John Bunyan and his family:

'In this FONT were baptised
John Bunyan, 30th November, 1628
Mary Bunyan, his blind daughter, 1650
Elizabeth Bunyan, another daughter, 1654'

The piscina is no longer used but has a shallow bowl and houses candles.
Approximate Age of Artefact: Before 1628

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