15th Century Baptismal Font at the Church of Saint George,
Fordington, Dorchster, Dorset, England
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Patron SaintSaint George
LocationFordington, Dorset, England
Font location in churchSouth transept
workshopunknown
Date/Century/Period15th Century
MediumPurbeck Stone
DrainageCentre hole in bowl
Date of On-site Visit12th July 2004
FONT NOTES
Font: of Purbeck Stone, octagonal, bowl with quatrfoil enclosing shield on five sides, moulded under side with paterae, the edge with damage caused by removal of the original lock, panelled stem and moulded base.
REFERENCE
Francis Bond, Fons and Font Covers, published by Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press 1908
John Hutchins, The history and antiquities of the County of Dorset, 3rd ed., edited by William Shipp and J.W. Hodson, Westminster: J.B. Nichols, 1861-1873, Vol. 2, pp. 799-800.
John Newman and Nikolaus Pevsner, The buildings of England: Dorset. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1972, pp. 179-180.
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England), An inventory of historical monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. 2, South-East Dorset. London: HMSO, 1970, pt. 1, pp. 110-112.
Terence and Eliza Sackett, Francis Frith's Dorset Churches. Salisbury: Frith Book Co., 2000, p. 59.
DESCRIPTION DIMENSIONS
Font Shape Octagonal bowl with quatrfoil enclosing shield on each face Total Height (without plinth or cover)102
Basin Shape (outside)Octagonal Diameter of basin (including rim)83 cm
Basin Shape (inside)Circular Diameter of basin (not including rim)55 cm
Basin liningUnlined Width of rim14 cm
Base Shapeoctagonal panelled stem and moulded base Outside Height of Basin 33 cm
Number of pieces 3 Inside depth of Basin 27 cm

View of St Georges with
the spire of All Saints and tower of St. Peter's beyond

View of St. Georges
taken from Fordington Green

View of the font and children's area in the South Transept

View of the font from the Chancel steps

View of the front of the font looking south

View of the left side of the font

View of the rear of the font

View of the rights side of the font

View of the inside of the font

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1st Century tablet
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To one side of the south door of St Georges is what Bond refers to as a fontlet. Press here for further details
LINKS
Open Churches Trust

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