The Font

The eye-catching font, near the west end of the church, is of special interest to many visitors.

The stone base of the font is late 15th century. Each of the eight faces, the shaft and the base are carved. The sepia photograph  shows the font with a low stone plinth before the ornate cover was added.

The font  is now raised on two deep steps and is surmounted by an ornate spire-shaped cover, designed by Walter Tapper and made in 1899 to celebrate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee.

Inside the font cover  are carvings of Edward the Confessor, St. Hugh and St. Wulfram.

  • Font One
    Low stone plinth.
  • Font Two
    15th century base.
  • The Font & Cover
    The Font & Cover
  • Font Three
    Inside the font cover.

The carved stonework of the font is badly weathered and mutilated, and it is difficult to determine the designs.

They appear to show:

  1. The Annunciation: the Archangel kneels and the Virgin Mary also seems to kneel.
  2. The Nativity.
  3. The Circumcision of Presentation in the Temple
  4. The Baptism of Jesus: the dove descending
  5. Christ blessing little children
  6. The Transfiguration (?)
  7. The sacrifice of Isaac; a ram under a tree.
  8. Three crowned kings, seated: the Magi.

On the undersides of the bowl are emblems and devices: the pelican in its piety and the Tudor rose are unmistakable. Four others are suggestive of the emblems of the Evangelists - the angel, the lion, the ox and the eagle, all winged.

On the shaft there are seven figures under canopies, the eight space left vacant. The only clearly identified is of St. Andrew with his cross.
On the base are carved roses, quatrefoils and masks.

It has been suggested that the occurrence of the Tudor rose and the emblem of the Corpus Christi point to the donor of the font as Richard Fox, native of Ropsley near Grantham, Keeper of the Privy Seal to Henry VII and VIII and Bishop of Winchester, and re-founder and benefactor of Grantham's Grammar School.