Series: Andover Area Fonts

The Tangley font a rare thing
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The Tangley Font is a rare thing indeed

Tangley is a small village, remote and off the beaten track now, at one time the Roman road from Winchester to Cirencester passed close by but it deserves a visit for a very good reason.

St Thomas Church Font Tangley Hampshire history
Tangley Font

The church of St Thomas of Canterbury has within it the Tangley font. This is a rare thing. One of only thirty eight lead fonts in England and this the only one in Hampshire. It is quite small and circular with a wooden base. On it’s sides the Tudor rose, the fleur- de- lys and the Scottish thistle. Thought to have been made in the early C17th in the reign of King James I, ┬áKing┬áJames VI of Scotland became King James I of England, Scotland, and Ireland after the death of Queen Elizabeth I uniting the thrones of Scotland and England. Hence the decoration on the Tangley font of the rose and the thistle. The fleur -de-lys is a reference to his claim to France.
Tangley Font

The Fleur-de-lys
The Fleur-de-lys

 

The English Rose
The English Rose