The church at Glasshoughton is a modern 1902 building in red brick. A medieval font from Castleford can be found in the plain interior, set in the N aisle near the E end. The font is recorded as coming from All Saints church at Castleford. The beginnings of the medieval church at Castleford are ancient, and its position related to the lines of the late 1stc. Roman fort, but nothing Romanesque now survives there. (Ryder 1993, 9, 145)
Glasshougton, sometimes Houghton Glass, does not appear in Lawton (1842), Butler (2007) or Pevsner (1967). In DB, the land was held by Ilbert de Lacy, who had 3 ploughs there. (VCH II, 247) Now part of the Castleford team, it was an independent parish in 1923.
The font was seen at Castleford by Sir Stephen Glynne in 1862. He described it as having an early circular bowl and a square stem to which four shafts were attached, and a plinth. (Butler 2007, 139). Shortly after that visit, from 1866 to 1868, Castleford church entered a period of radical rebuilding and, when it was reconsecrated in 1868, the old font had been replaced by another, newly made in Leeds for £22 (Quinn, 1993, 31).
It is not known when the font came to Glasshoughton, but probably in 1902 when the church was built, or in 1923 when it became an independent parish.
|Diameter of interior of basin||0.575m|
|Exterior diameter||approx. 0.63m|
|Height of lower section||0.64m|
|Height of upper section||0.395m|
|Side of plinth||0.63m|
L. A. S. Butler (ed.), The Yorkshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne (1825-1874). Y. A. Soc. Record series 159 (Woodbridge 2007).
G. Lawton, Collectio rerum ecclesiasticarum de diocesi Eboracensi; or, collections relative to churches and chapels within the Diocese of York. To which are added collections relative to churches and chapels within the diocese of Ripon. New edition. (London, 1842).
N. Pevsner and E. Radcliffe, The Buildings of England: Yorkshire: West Riding, 2nd edition (London, 1967).
J. M. V. Quinn, For all the Saints: a History of Castleford Parish Church. (n.p. 1993)
P. F. Ryder, Medieval Churches of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire Archaeology Service (Wakefield, 1993).