Thursday, 15 January 2009

Norman Church at Stanton Fitzwarren

St Leonard's Church in Stanton Fitzwarren
This beautiful little Norman church was built on the site of an older church. Today, I had a mishap with my camera which was set for close-up shots and as a consequence most of the photos I took were blurred. The inside of the church is exquisite with a Norman font and pulpit. Although tiny, the church has magnificent wood carvings and beautiful windows - one internal window is an engraved and just depicts an ear of corn. The ceiling is exposed wooden rafters which are a work of art in themselves. The church is on a gentle incline which slopes down towards the lake in Stanton Park.
Very old small font just inside the main door -
possible preserved from a Saxon church which originally stood on this site.

Norman font
Thought to date back to around 1170, the font belonged the church that preceded the present one and which was destroyed by fire. The upper part of the font has a frieze of entwined scroll bands and other interlacing patterns typical of that period.
For more about the lovely, hidden village of Stanton Fitzwarren have alook at this website: