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Hook Norton (Oxfordshire)

(The Church of St Peter)

 

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Mention of Hook Norton is more likely to conjure up thoughts of its beer rather than the parish church.  The town's family run brewery is still partly powered by a late Victorian Buxton & Thornley steam engine, the last of its type around!

 

St Peters Church has something a few centuries older than a Buxton & Thornley - namely a sculptured font, possibly dating to before the 1066 Norman invasion of England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's how the church guide describes the font :

 

The (1000s) Norman font is one of St. Peterís most fascinating features. Its ancient carvings depict a curious mixture of pagan and Christian symbols, with signs of the zodiac and Biblical stories; Eve holds an apple whilst Adam toils; the two-headed serpent is starting to eat itself; and the archer Sagittarius is about to shoot Aquarius the water carrier to prevent him from flooding the earth. Aries, on a pedestal, represents the Lamb of God, whilst below is the Tree of Life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely Eve holds her apple aloft, whilst tastefully shielding her whatnot with some foliage.

 

 

 

The narrative moves along to a post expulsion time when Adam is mastering the skills of digging and raking.

 

 

 

Rather more complex than your standard Ouroborus - a serpent eating its tail - this manifestation gives both ends of the beast similar mouth and head power, though the hooked beak on the tail-head looks a bit more frightening!

 

 

 

"Aries, on a pedestal, represents the Lamb of God, whilst below is the Tree of Life" (church guide) ... and as for what's going on on the right .....

 

 

 

 

 "the archer Sagittarius is about to shoot Aquarius the water carrier to prevent him from flooding the earth" (church guide)

 

 

 

 

Lots more very old fonts in Paradoxplace

 

 

 

If only more churches would throw out their dark wood fixed pews - what an uplifting difference !

 

 

 

Tower Queen maybe

 

 

 

 

 

Tower King maybe

 

 

 

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