Ingleton is a large village between Settle and Kirkby Lonsdale, about 19 miles from Kendal. The church overlooks the river Doe just above its confluence with the Twiss; these two streams have many waterfalls which are a major attraction. The building consists of an aisled nave, chancel, and W tower. The only sculptural feature of our interest is a cylindrical font carved with figures arranged in an arcade.
In Domesday Book, 'Inglestune' and other towns belonged to Whittington (6 miles W, S of Kirkby Lonsdale). In 1066 its lord Earl Tosti had 6 carucates, while in 1086 the king held it; no church is mentioned here. There may have existed a connection of Whittington and its dependencies to the Augustinian priory of Cartmel (Cumbria) in the late 12thc, through a grant of Robert son of Gilmichael, lord of Whittington at the time of King John.
|Depth of interior of bowl||0.38m|
|External diameter of bowl||0.76m|
|Height of font (cylinder only)||0.6m|
|Internal diameter of bowl||0.525m|
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