Font bowl from SE

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

by Ron Baxter.

The font is at the W end of the nave and consists of a cylindrical bowl on an octagonal shft with a square base and a modern step. The bowl is decorated with an arcade of 12 round-headed bays of continuous arcading in shallow relief. The lower part of the bowl has been chamfered with 8 scallops to fit on the shaft. This chamfering cuts untidily into the arcading, and so is presumed to be secondary. The bowl is unlined and the rim is shaved.


External diameter of bowl at rim 0.74 m
Internal diameter of bowl at rim 0.54 m
Height of bowl 0.42 m
Height of font (without step) 0.88 m