Historic Churches of Buckinghamshire

Historic Churches of Buckinghamshire is a project launched in 2018, with only a few churches included at the moment.

Index of Aylesbury Fonts

There are some 22 'Aylesbury' fonts, named after one of the best examples in St. Mary's Church, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. They are mainly situated in mid Buckinghamshire and under 8 miles from the Icknield Way with half of them being within a mile. Two fonts in Buckinghamshire are a little further afield in Chenies and Ludgershall, while the two simpler ones in Northamptonshire, at Duston and Eydon, are much further away. The Buckinghamshire fonts are at Aylesbury, Bledlow, Buckland, Chearsley, Chenies, Dinton, Great Hampden, Great Kimble, Great Missenden, Haddenham, Little Missenden, Ludgershall, Monks Risborough, Old Linslade, Pitstone, Saunderton and Weston Turville. (Old Linslade was in Bucks up until 1965). Those at Chenies and Pitstone have been re-cut. Only the base exists at Wing where the present font is Perpendicular. In Bedfordshire there are 'Aylesbury' fonts at Houghton Regis and Old Linslade with a simpler one at Flitwick. The font at Barton-le-Clay was recut in the 15th century and only the rope-moulded rim survives of the original. That at Old Linslade, although described as of the Aylesbury type, does not have the characteristic fluting on the bowl. The fonts are cup or chalice-shaped with vertical fluting on the lower part of the bowl. They were mostly made at the end of the 12th century, of stone from the Totternhoe quarry in Bedfordshire. However, that at Dinton is a later version. The finest are at Aylesbury, Great Kimble, Weston Turville and Houghton Regis (in Bedfordshire). That at Bledlow appears to be a locally made copy of the Great Kimble one and that at Monks Risborough, the base at Wing and possibly those at Great and Little Missenden are probably by the same workmen. Decoration similar to that on the upper rim at Aylesbury and Weston Turville occurs on a late 12th century doorway at St. Alban's Abbey while a detail on a capital there resembles the decoration on the scalloped bases of these two fonts. This suggests that the craftsmen responsible for the design of these fonts may have been trained at St. Alban's. The chalice shape and decoration may have been inspired by the gold chalices made at St. Alban's at the same time. There is a font in Zealand, Denmark, which closely resembles those at Aylesbury and Great Kimble and it is known that there were artistic connections between St. Alban's and Denmark at that time so patterns appear to have been exchanged.

Adapted from http://www.petergoodearl.plus.com/ken/aylesburyfonts/index.htm which has comprehensive information on Aylesbury Fonts and many photographs.

 2 churches

Thumbnail Building Aylesbury Fonts
Holy Trinity
Font (Aylesbury type), Norman
All Saints
Font, 13C

Historic Churches of Buckinghamshire

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