> There's what appears to be a font standing outside a farmhouse in this
> parish. It's near the front door of Luson Farm, Ermington, Devon.
> Win Scutt
> I would be very grateful if any members who know of baptisimal fonts that
> they know of outside of churches i.e. in churchyards, farmyards, village
> ponds! etc would send me details.
> John Leveson Gower
A stone structure in our local churchyard is often called a 'Saxon font'
by the inhabitants of the parish, but is listed Grade 2 as a 'churchyard
It has a built up base in stone to support what must have been a single
hewn block of stone approx 80x80x60 cms.
There is an octagonal socket [approx 60cms across] cut in the block with
vertical sides. The bottom is flat and without a drain hole.
The upper corners of the block are cut away to give an equilateral
octagonal shape to the upper surface. The general appearance is similar to
that illustrated on page 44 of " Old Stone Crosses of Somerset" by Charles
published by Longmans, Green, &Co. in 1877.
Personally I support the idea that it is likely to have been a stone
base for a wooden 'cross', and, since the orientation is not East-West, it
may even predate the church. This raises two immediate questions:-
How can such a structure best be dated?
Have any other cases been investigated by modern
I would be grateful for any suggestions that list members can offer.