Baptismal Font - St.Peter and St.Paul's Church, Upper Market, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 9BX
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N 52° 49.832 E 000° 50.840
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A C15th font placed at the west end of the church nave.
Waymark Code: WMVF4X
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 04/10/2017
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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This C14th church is built of flint with freestone dressings and slate roofs and has been granted Grade I listing. It consists of a nave with north and south aisles, a chancel with north and south chapels, a tall west tower and a two-storey C15th south porch with an early C14th inner doorway, the upper floor room of which was sealed in 1864. The north doorway is all that remains of an Early English church which was on this site, it may have been reset to its present position. The early-C14th chancel has Decorated style north and south windows, which were all much renewed after 1951, and a large Decorated east window of five lights with curvilinear tracery. The later C14th nave and north and south aisles are of six-bay arcades with octagonal piers and double-hollow-chamfered arches, both tower and chancel arches are tall as befits the lofty roof. The hammerbeam nave roof was erected during the 1864 restoration and has sizeable angels bearing shields.

The C15th octagonal font has carved panels on both bowl and stem. Between the panels are pilasters with multi-chamfered heads and bases. The panels round the bowl have shields with the Symbol of the Trinity, the Instruments of the Passion, and arms, and the signs of the four Evangelists, one panel to the north-west is empty. The panels in the stem are all arched with a crown over a capital 'P', as in the frieze over the west doorway. The whole is mounted on an octagonal plinth with top-chamfered step, and is placed at the west end of the nave in front of the tower arch.

Words from British Listed Buildings and Pevsner's Norfolk 1 Buildings with amendments from own on site observations.

Approximate Age of Artefact: C15th

Relevant Website: Not listed

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