Font

Font P16 t

On entering the church through the south door the font stands ahead and slightly to your left. The hexagonal bowl of the font belongs to the 17th century.

The carving, although interesting, is of poor quality. On the first side there is a face surrounded by rays, followed on the second by an intricate knot, then a Maltese Cross, after that a fleur-de-lys with the letters IS (the first and last letters of the Greek word for Jesus), and finally another complicated knot. 

Around the rim of the bowl there are holes showing that at some time the font had a fixed cover. Near the upper edge appear the letters RP July 26 1676: this probably refers to the vicar at that time, Robert Priestman. 

The interior of the bowl is in marked contrast to the exterior, being carefully and accurately worked, and shows signs of considerable wear and tear.  

© Holy Cross Church Haltwhistle 2013