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Washington, The Avenue, Church of Holy Trinity, font



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Hodgson described in 1912 the 'ancient font' which survived from the medieval church. He said it was of special interest in connection with 'the remarkable series of Pudseyan examples of which so many still happily remain'. It is of sandstone, circular and stands on an octagonal base. The breadth and shallowness of the bowl are noticable (2 feet 7 inches in diameter and 13 inches deep). At Stainton and Bishopton the bowl is octagonal and the base circular. Circular bowls include Brancepeth, Greatham, Bishop Middleham, Egglescliffe, Redmarshall and St. Margaret's at Durham. The height and slenderness of the shaft of the Washington font is greater than other County Durham examples apart from Bishopton. Hodgson said the font would have been finer if carried out in Frosterley marble. He describes the workmanship as 'rude'. Inside, the bowl is only 7 inches deep. It never had a fixed cover.




Dr J.F. Hodgson, 1912, Font in Washington Church, Transactions of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, Vol VI, pp 239-240; N. Pevsner, 1983, The Buildings of England: County Durham, second edition revised by Elizabeth Williamson

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