This font is thought to have come from the medieval church of Everingham (see report for Everingham church), though there is only circumstantial evidence to suggest this (see VII History, below). From about 1870 the font was kept in the vestibule of the Roman Catholic church of SS Mary and Everilda in Everingham Park, the contents of which (including the font) being most recently owned by Lady Herries. In 2003 the font was auctioned at Sotheby's and purchased by London dealer Richard Philp. It was subsequently exhibited and sold later in the same year at the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers' Show, New York. Its present location is unknown.
Apart from the local nature of the stone, there are historical clues to the font originating at Everingham. The font may have been removed from the church during its rebuilding in the 1760s and never returned. A brass memorial tablet was returned by the Duke of Norfolk in 1963, see Stapleton 1965.
Cylindrical, in a fine-grained sandy stone, light cool grey-yellow in colour (probably the locally available coprolitic Jurassic limestone). The font is plain on the upper rim of the bowl, but has a double-cable pattern running around the top of the cylinder. Below the double-cable pattern and dividing it from the figurative zone below is a 'channel', a form described in Cramp 1984, p. xxiii, fig. 8d and p. xxiv Fig. 9d. The figurative carving, of animals, trees and one man, extends around only some 50-60 per cent of the cylinder. The first few motifs are related to two bays and two columns of an approximate arcade, but the second half of the carving is free of this. There are three sections to the interpretation of the carving:
1. An archer, a tree and a monster.
2. A bird and a snake in a tree.
3. Many animals, a tree and a man on horseback.
Due to its original making being fairly rough, and to later wear, the measurements given below are approximate.
|d. of bowl||0.3 m|
|h. of cylinder (approx.)||0.75 m|
|max. diam. of bowl||0.63 m|
|max. diam. of cylinder||0.92 m|