The Norman font in St Peter's Church, featuring carvings of a man harvesting sheaves, a man with a bird on his outstretched hand riding a horse, and a a priest, in arcading of beaded arches

St Peter's Church, St Peter's Road, Thorpe Salvin, Rotherham
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The Norman font in St Peter's Church is described by Pevsner as "among the most interesting Norman fonts in the country". The carvings represent a baptism, the four seasons, and a head from the other of spouts water in the form of two columns of chevrons. The scene depicting the harvest represents Summer. The man riding a horse, with a bird, possibly a hawk, on his hand represents Spring, perhaps as this was the season that allowed hunting to begin again. St Peter's Church was a chapel of ease until the mid-19th century. As the mother church was more likely to conduct baptisms, it is not clear if the 12th century font was brought to St Peter's Church later or if the font was originally intended for this church.


This is part of the Series: LTC01/01 Lady Trenchard Cox: Series of Negatives; within the Collection: LTC01 Lady Trenchard Cox Collection


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Photographer: Cox, Mary Desiree


Medieval Church, Post Medieval Church, Medieval Font, Religion