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8th – 10th Century AD
Size: 32cm high, 54cm square – 12½ ins high, 21¼ ins square
Ex M.Provost, Suffolk, England
Ex Badley Church, Near Stowmarket, Suffolk, England
Many of the conquering Normans built new churches over the earlier ones of Saxon origin and fragments of the original stonework were often discovered during 19th century Victorian renovations having been used as rubble for the Norman foundations. It is possible that this font was found in this way and put outside for use as a drainage channel.
In 731AD Bede concluded his ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English People’, which is the most informative historical narrative produced in England until at least the 12th century. His life and work constitute the most important document of the highly dramatic cultural changes that followed the conversion of the Anglo Saxons. The new Christian faith brought with it the book as a means of communication and as an object of devoted decoration, and importantly it brought building and carving in stone.