Looking at that font reminded me of our trip to London last year. I remember wandering St. John's Chapel at the Tower, grateful and slightly unnerved that the tourists can touch the stonework of an 11th century church. Back home in Phoenix, anything still standing from the 1950s is considered an historical relic.
It's a tiny, insignificant-looking church (most of which fell down in the 17th century.) I wasn't expecting to find anything this good inside.
That font is just amazing.
But looking at the church- which is tiny and insignificant- you'd never guess there was something this good inside.
I recognize that castle!
But that font...it is so superb and the carving are in wonderful condition.
It's one of the finest fonts I've come across. And- as you point out- it's in great condition.
Fabulous. Imagine being one of those old stone cutters and your work still being enjoyed (although maybe not understood) centuries later.
It says on a site I visited that the pictures on the font
seem chosen at random and don't make any particular symbolic sense. I think the carvers probably worked from pattern books. "Hey, I fancy having a go at that lion!"
I think Bodiam also stood in for Northanger Abbey in the 1980s production with Katherine Schlesinger, Peter Firth, Robert Hardy, and Googie Withers -- at least for the exteriors when the Tilneys and Catherine Morland first drove up.
Very likely. It's the perfect location- a nearly intact medieval castle with no later additions, set in beautiful countryside and only 50 miles from London.
It sure is a beautiful place. I visited it quite along time ago. Worth seeing again if i have ny work that way.
We visit at intervals. When my mother still had a dog it was a place to take it "walkies".