Font bowl, NW rim detail

Image of the feature "V. Furnishings: 1. Fonts: Font" at Norton Mandeville.

by Ron Baxter.

The font is sited in the centre of the nave at the W end. It consists of a square bowl on a modern square shaft with a modern plinth extended westwards as a step. This is placed on a 14thc tiled pavement. The bowl is of an oolitic limestone; Barnack according to the List Description.

The bowl is square with fictive shafts at the angles having roll/ hollow bases and worn flat-leaf capitals. The lower rim projects slightly and is chipped, while the upper rim is chamfered. There is a repair encircling the bowl just above the lower rim. The basin is circular and lined with lead. The NW spandrel of the rim has a staple surviving, and the SE spandrel has been repaired.

Dimensions

Widths
External width of bowl E-W 0.63 m
External width of bowl N-S 0.65 m
Internal diameter of bowl at rim 0.52 m
Heights
Height of bowl 0.43 m
Height of font including step 0.98 m