Baptismal Font Porchester

The baptismal font in the church of St Mary’s Portchester is a striking example of  a Norman round font

The lower arches have been faithfully restored but the upper part is as it was when carved by the hand of a Norman stonemason. It is made of Caen stone and is intricately carved with spirals of flowers, serpents and other figures. It is a baptismal font full of symbolism, yet to be fully understood. It is a one of Hampshire’s most splendid fonts.

Baptismal Font Portchester

Norman Baptismal Font

Baptismal font Hampshire

Norman detail on the font

This post is one of a series on Baptismal Fonts in Hampshire. Click on the link to see the others already included.