The 12th century stone font in St Michael and All Angels' Church, featuring a carving depicting the Baptism of Christ, between interlace and plaiting at the foot and top of the bowl

Date:
1930-1952
Location:
St Michael and All Angels' Church, Castle Frome, County of Herefordshire
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St Michael's Church, Castle Frome, County of Herefordshire
Reference:
AA52/09201
Type:
Photograph (Negative)

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Description

Pevsner wrote that the font "is one of the masterworks of Romanesque sculpture in England", being of the Herefordshire School of carvers and perhaps its latest surviving work. It is thought to date from the mid-12th century, though Pevsner argues that it cannot be earlier than 1170. This photograph shows a carving on the bowl of the font depicting the Baptism of Christ, with Christ standing in a circular pool with concentric ripples and two pairs of fishes. Above Christ, the Hand of God and the dove of the Holy Ghost complete the Trinity. St John stands to the left, his hands outstretched towards Christ. Around the bowl, not shown in this photograph, are the signs of the Evangelists and two doves.

Content

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

Rights

© Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: Cox, Mary Desiree

Keywords

Medieval Parish Church, Medieval Font, Religion