Saturday, 23 August 2014

Bremhill, Wiltshire

Norman font with scale design at Bremhill, Wiltshire

This font is illustrated in John Britton's 1838 'Dictionary of the Architecture and Archaeology of the Middle Ages':

I really liked it, and I enjoyed drawing it. The church had an ancient and pleasant atmosphere. On one side the semicircles were half-size for a short stretch. Perhaps someone thought later that they'd recut it - though that's rather a funny idea, why bother? I think they could be original because their cutting hasn't spoilt the stripey strip above. It looks organic as though they started but changed their minds. It's this sort of quirkiness that makes me love Norman fonts so much. It was great to spot on Great English Churches that there other people "who will travel some way to see a Norman font." We Are Not Alone.

Image © Rhiannon 2014

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