12th Century Baptismal Font at the Church of Saint Mary,
Puddletown, Dorset, England
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|Patron Saint||Saint Mary|
|Location||Puddletown, Dorset, England|
|Font location in church||to the rear of the nave|
|Drainage||Centre hole in bowl|
|Date of On-site Visit||24th April 2004|
Damage to the lip may have been caused when seals were forcibly removed following an Interdict by Pope Innocent III in 1207(ref: E.T.Long). The font at nearby Milborne Saint Andrew has sufferd similar damage to its rim that has been repaired but it is not known whether it suffered the same fate as this font or was harmed when it was discarded during 19th century church restoration work.
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|Font Shape||Tapering tub shaped bowl||Total Height (without plinth or cover)|
|Basin Shape (outside)||Circular||Diameter of basin (including rim)|
|Basin Shape (inside)||Circular||Diameter of basin (not including rim)|
|Basin lining||lead||Width of rim|
|Base Shape||Circular||Outside Height of Basin|
|Number of peices||2||Inside depth of Basin|
View of the North side of St Mary's Church
View of the font looking South West
View of the font looking towards the altar
View of the font from the chancel
View from 1 metre above the font
The Oak octagonal pyramid cover, 1635.
View of the front of the font
View of rim showing damage caused
by removal of Papal seals and locks
View of interior of the font
1209 Interdict of Innocent 111|
In England, Pope Innocent 3rd set aside two rival claimants and had Stephen Langton elected archbishop of Canterbury. King John, seeing a pattern of interference with his authority by pope and clergy, persecuted the church. Innocent placed England under interdict, excommunicated John in 1209, and threatened to depose him. The people and barons supported the pope, and John submitted, receiving England and Ireland in fief from the pope and promising annual tribute to the Vatican. The pope stood with John against the barons when they forced him to grant the Magna Carta; Innocent declared it null as exacted by force, and as a vassal's promise made without his overlord's approval.
Dorset Historic Churches Trust|
Pope Innocent 111