font side view

Image of the feature "Fonts: Font" at Feock.

by Andrew Beard.

The bowl of the font is of exceptional quality and is said to date from 1130. It is constructed of Catacleuse stone, known as Blue Elvan in Cornwall, and is probably from the disused quarries on the cliffs at Catacleuse Point near Padstow. This is a fine-grained and very dense stone and was often used for Romanesque fonts because it could be finely carved. The stone is dark green when freshly quarried but develops a browny-red tinge when weathered, as on the St Feock font. The bowl is hemispherical, and lock marks can be seen on the rim. The bowl is crisply carved with a frieze of two tiers of saltire crosses and a row of zig-zags around the top. Below this are eight precisely carved raised circles containing identical raised ‘tree of life’ leaf motifs.

The shaft supporting the bowl is carved in a different stone, granite, and may not be original; it is in a tapering, turned style with a cable moulding around the centre. The circular base is now set on an octagonal plinth


Diameter of base 99 cm
Diameter of bowl 65.5 cm
Height of base 17 cm
Height of bowl 24 cm
Height of shaft 51.0 cm
Overall height 90.5 cm
Width of plinth 165 cm