Baptism Font - St Mary - Ashwell, Rutland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 52° 42.868 W 000° 43.203
30U E 654004 N 5842946
Quick Description: Victorian baptism font in St Mary's church, Ashwell. Donated in 1851 by Viscountess Downe.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/25/2018 12:55:11 PM
Waymark Code: WMYV0C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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Long Description:
Victorian baptism font donated by Viscountess Downe during the major restoration of St Mary's church by William Butterfield in 1851.

"The major restoration by William Butterfield was for Viscount Downe it was his only major work in Leicestershire & Rutland. He built the south porch, provided new roofs, floors and fittings. William Butterfield was a leading architect involved with the Ecclesiological Society and a member of the Oxford movement and was a Gothic revival architect. The font dates from the restoration and is a heavy octagonal with triangular gables and shafts. In the south chapel is a wooden effigy to a knight circa 1320 made of oak which could be a member of the Tuchet family and an incised slab to John Vernam and his wife who died 1481. The slab has much graffiti (with names and dates from the 17th century) which just goes to show you that even in those days children got up to mischief. In the north chapel we have an alabaster effigy of a priest upon an earlier tomb again with more graffiti."

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Approximate Age of Artefact: 1851

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