Image of the feature "Fonts: Font" at Abbess Roding.
by Ron Baxter.
The font stands at the W end of the nave. The clunch bowl is rectangular with a round basin lined with lead. It is in a poor state of repair and has been stabilised by cementing it to a thin stone slab and surrounding it with an iron clamp. There are vertical cracks on the W and N faces that have been repaired with iron staples, and damage to the rim in the centre of the S face has been partly repaired with tiles. Other mortar repairs are visible in the photographs.
Each face of the bowl has a relief design surrounded by a plain frame (described below. The bowl stands on four slender cylindrical shafts at the angles and a central thick cylinder. These are all modern, but stand on a 12thc square stone plinth with an upper angle roll. The chamfered step is modern.
|Height of bowl||0.39m|
|Height of font (without step)||0.94m|
|Internal diameter of bowl||0.57m|
|Width of bowl (EW)||0.74m|
|Width of bowl (NS)||0.73m|