Baptismal Font - St.Mary and All Saints' Church, Creake Road, Sculthorpe, Norfolk. NR21 9NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member greysman
N 52° 51.067 E 000° 49.171
31U E 353173 N 5857936
A truly 'non-primitive' example of a Norman font in this Victorian re-built medieval parish church, one of many rich fonts in churches in North Norfolk.
Waymark Code: WMV54B
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 02/25/2017
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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The church of St.Mary and All Saints' was almost entirely rebuilt in c.1846 but it retains the original north aisle and the C14th late medieval tower. The Decorated chancel is the work of Richard and James Brandon, with the south aisle by the more famous Thomas Jekyll, indulging himself in his enthusiasm for Early English.

Norman fonts are so often plain and 'primitive' but this one is quite the opposite. The the east side has five panels appearing to show the Adoration of the Magi, the central figure being The Virgin Mary holding the newly born Christ-child, and the other panels showing the Magi and attendants (Joseph at the far right?). The other sides have elaborately patterned carvings, scrolls, intertwined foliage, borders, knots, etc. The square bowl is mounted on five elaborately carved square-circular-square legs, probably modern, on a square inverted chamfer slab, all on a square base with sufficient room for the celebrant. It has a modern, circular with four scrolls, timber cover.

The co-ordinates are for the south porch.
Approximate Age of Artefact: Norman

Relevant Website: Not listed

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