St Mary, Eaton Constantine, Shropshire

Feature Sets (2)

Description

Eaton Constantine is a village on the N side of the Severn, midway between Shrewsbury and Telford.  The church, in the centre of the village, is a simple building of chancel and nave with W bellcote and S porch, all built in 1841 in an Early English style. The only Romanesque feature is the font. 

History

Easton (Etune) is mentioned in the Domesday Survey where it formed part of the domains of Roger, Earl of Montgomery. In the 12thc the village passed to the family of Costentine (or Constantine). In the 12thc, the church at Eaton Constantine was the chapel-of-ease to Leighton. Later it became a separate parish with its own rector. An incomplete list of rectors and chaplains goes back to 1225. The church was built in 1847-8 to replace smaller medieval building.  (Information provided by explanatory panel in church.)

Features

Furnishings

Fonts

Font

At the W end of the nave is a foont with a cup-shaped bowl with a band of scalloped, furling leaves in the lower third of the bowl, otherwise plain. It stands on a cylindrical stem banded with a triple roll, and a low roll base on a square plinth. There is no step.

Dimensions
Circumferences
Circumference at bottom 1.46m
Circumference at rim 2.34m
Diameters
External diameter of bowl at rim 0.73m
Internal diameter of bowl at rim 0.525m
Heights
Height of bowl 0.39m

Comments/Opinions

The List Description dates the font to the mid-12thc. No comparable example has yet been found in the county.

Bibliography

  • R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, 12 vols, London 1854-60, 8, 1-7.

  • Historic England Listed BuildingĀ 258862

  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 124.

Location

Site Location
Eaton Constantine
National Grid Reference
SJ 597 063 
Boundaries
now: Shropshire
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Shropshire
Diocese
medieval: Lichfield (to 1075); Chester (to c.1086); Coventry and Lichfield (to 1541)
now: Lichfield
Dedication
now: St Mary
medieval: St Mary (pre-Reformation)
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Barbara Zeitler 
Visit Date
25 June 1999