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HER Number:MDV2745
Name:Ashwater Font


Outstanding c12 font.


Grid Reference:SX 386 952
Map Sheet:SX39NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAshwater
Ecclesiastical ParishASHWATER

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX39NE/2/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Unatributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry (Unattributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry). SDV263.

Font height 698mm, bowl( diam (ext 889mm, int 559mm), depth (ext 508mm,int 254mm)), shaft height 190mm, plinth (depth 241mm, width 559mm).

Untitled Source, 43 (Migrated Record). SDV15340.

Clarke, K. M., 1919, The Baptismal Fonts of Devon. Part 6, 212-213 (Article in Serial). SDV56166.

Font with cushion bowl, on Cornish model; the upper edge of the bowl is square, and is finished by two mouldings, square at the rim and a round one below; at each corner in the space between the semi-circular faces and below the mouldings is a large mask. Main part of the bowl is rounded and cushioned off into four semi-circular panels, framed by plain bands terminating in dragons heads facing one another. Principal designs different on all four sides. Eastern face has a quatrefoil in the centre with trefoils springing from it, and an outer wheel with trefoils springing inwards. On right of wheel is a salamander, on left a single leaf on a broad stem. The northern face has five conventional lilies surrounded by foliage inside the semi-circular band. Western face has a lion without a mane, resembling one on font of St. Kea, Cornwall. On south face are trefoils and foliage. Early English. Of grey cliff stone. Shaft and base octagonal, the base has a sloping chamfer 152mm wide. It is raised on two platforms, both modern. Ornament unique. Other details: Plate 1.

Cresswell, B. F., 1927, Devonshire Churches: The Buildings and Builders, 154 (Article in Serial). SDV124362.

Department of Environment, 1986, Ashwater, 15 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV19536.

Outstanding c12 font, probably polyphant with profile heads at the corners of the bowl. Three faces of the bowl are carved with foliage framed by a border moulding terminating in beast's heads of a Scandinavian appearance. The fourth face contains a fine running animal with a similar border moulding. The bowl is on a short octagonal stem and chamfered plinth.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV124362Article in Serial: Cresswell, B. F.. 1927. Devonshire Churches: The Buildings and Builders. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 33. Unknown. 154.
SDV15340Migrated Record: 43.
SDV19536List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Ashwater. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 15.
SDV263Unattributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry: Unatributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry.
SDV56166Article in Serial: Clarke, K. M.. 1919. The Baptismal Fonts of Devon. Part 6. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 51. Unknown. 212-213.

Associated Monuments

MDV2744Part of: Ashwater, St. Peter's Church (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 11 2015 3:10PM