Baptism Font - St Andrew - Hambleton, Rutland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 52° 39.508 W 000° 40.258
30U E 657521 N 5836825
An ancient stone font in St Andrew's church, Hambleton.
Waymark Code: WMYWGM
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 08/02/2018
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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The font is ancient and may be of 12th-century date; it has a square bowl with bevelled angles. The bevel at the angles widens from 4 in. to 7 in. at the bottom, the height of the bowl being 19 in. It has a moulded rim, and stands on a short stem and chamfered plinth.

"The hilltop setting of St Andrew's ensured its preservation when much of its parish disappeared beneath Rutland Water in the 1970s.

It now presides over a pretty and much visited village surrounded by water. Hambleton would be on an island in the reservoir, but for a strip of land connecting it with Oakham.

Its large and imposing church was once the most important in the county. It is recorded in Domesday Book as one of three in Hambleton, which had at one time been the capital of Anglo Saxon Kings in Rutland.

The oldest features of St Andrew's visible today are the Norman capitals and arch of the south doorway, and the unusually shaped font, believed to date from the 12th century. Much of the rest of the church is 13th century except for the chancel and its arch, which were rebuilt as part of an 1890s restoration."

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