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St-Bridget's Church, Bridekirk (Cumbria)



1100s Norman font in mint condition, including a self portrait of the sculptor at work




Stone Font, St Bridgets Church, Bridekirk, Cumbria.



East Yorkshire Churches with narrative sculptured Norman stone fonts


These village (in one case farm) churches of East Yorkshire contain the survivors of what were once around

50 Norman fonts in East Yorkshire, all carved by the same school of artists.  



St Mary, Kirkburn (East Yorkshire)







St Mary, Cowlam (East Yorkshire)



St Nicholas, North Grimston (East Yorkshire)







St Peter, Langtoft  (East Yorkshire) (the Cottam Font)



St Peter, Thorpe Salvin (South Yorkshire)








St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold  (Leicestershire)









Lincoln Cathedral



there is a very similar font a bit further north in St Lawrence, Thornton Curtis







SS Peter & Paul, Belton, Lincolnshire


The Belton Bell-Ringer





Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk


Saint Mary at Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk,

has a (stone) font with monthly labours (but no Zodiacs)





St Martin, Fincham (Norfolk)



St George, Anstey (Hertfordshire)








All Saints, Harpole (Northamptonshire)



Still to come - St Mary, Stottesdon (Shropshire)


photo © Tina Negus

Stottesdon is only a 20 minute drive SE of Holdgate, but it somehow avoided being on the day's running sheet in 2012.  Next time!



Holy Trinity Church, Holdgate (Shropshire)








(Priory) Church of Saint Gregory the Great, Morwell (Shropshire)


Norman Font c 1118





Church of Saint Michael and All Angels, Castle Frome (Herefordshire)


Font c1170








Church of St Mary Magdalene, Eardisley (Herefordshire)


Font c 1160




The font illustrated on the cover is at Luppitt, Devon

(see lower in page)


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The book is also available in Kilpeck church and Hereford Cathedral bookshop

and no doubt other Herefordshire places.


SS Peter & Paul, Rock (Worcestershire)








Church of the Holy Cross, Ilam (Staffordshire Peak District)










St John the Baptist, Armitage (Staffordshire)



Gloucester Cathedral


Norman lead font








St Faith, Ovebury (Gloucestershire)




Southrop St Peter, Gloucestershire Cotswolds







St Peter, Hook Norton (Oxfordshire)










Lead Zodiac Font, St Augustines Church, Brookland, Kent.



St-Augustine's Church, Brooklands (Kent)


1100s lead font with panels showing Zodiac signs and monthly activities.


If you are in Northern France, there is a close (but not identical) cousin at Saint-Évroult-de-Montfort (between Rouen and Le Mans).



Zodiac Signs and Monthly Activity illustrations

in the Churches of Western Europe



All Saints' Church, East Meon (Hampshire)


On these two panels of the c1150 Tournai marble font are (from the right) - the Creation of Adam, the De-ribbing of Eve, the Affair of the Serpent, the Casting Out (with sword) and the Rehabilitation - Eve learns how to spin and Adam is taught how to use a spade.  The props are down to the next day's Harvest Festival service.







Hospitaller Chapel of St Basil, Toller Fratrum (Dorset)




St Mary the Virgin, Melbury Bubb (Dorset)


The font is the hollowed out base of an ancient preaching cross -

Makes more sense when you stand on your head (far right)!









St Mary Magdalene, Winterbourne Monkton (Wiltshire)




St James, Avebury (Wiltshire)








St Mary, Luppitt (Devon)



St Petroc, Bodmin (Cornwall)











and in Northern Italy -



Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Alba, Piemonte 



A rare example of a stunning and sympatico modern design in an older cathedral.





Link to Baptisteria Sacra - an index of baptismal fonts (with photos) from early Christian days to the 1600s




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