Baptism Font - St John the Baptist - Biddisham, Somerset
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 51° 16.603 W 002° 53.255
30U E 507841 N 5680602
Quick Description: A Norman square font in St John the Baptist church, Biddisham.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/7/2022 12:24:06 AM
Waymark Code: WM16HR5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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Long Description:

A Norman square font, the only remains of an earlier church, with 3 scallops on the underside.

"Located in the conventional position by the S door, at the NE angle of the S half of the nave. It consists of a plain cube-shaped bowl, chamfered at the upper rim and with its corners cut back. There are three scallops at the bottom of each face, that to the E being decorated (three pairs of what might have been intended as rosettes, that on the left being neat and coherent, the middle one being less so, and the third a really untidy jumble). The bowl stands on a plain cylindrical stem with a neat shallow collar providing the necking for an almost square block base, its upper angles chamfered back. This stands on a square block plinth, its top part chamfered and its corners cut back.

The very good lead is extended over the rim of the bowl and down the sides to a well-judged extent. There are the usual signs of previous lock-fittings being ripped off in the repairs to the bowl at the top of the N and S faces.
Dimensions -

Circumference of stem 1.33 m
Depth of basin 0.24 m
Dimensions of base 0.55 x 0.57 m
Dimensions of plinth 0.74 x 0.74 m
Exterior dimensions of bowl 0.57 x 0.57 m
Height of base 0.17 m
Height of plinth 0.145 m
Height of stem 0.115 m
Internal width of basin 0.43 m
Overall h of font 0.84 m
Thickness of rim 0.07 m"

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Approximate Age of Artefact: Not listed

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