Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'What Light', taken in the medieval parish church of St Nicholas, North Grimston, N.Yorks.
As I mentioned the 'mighty and barbaric' font in the description with that upload, I thought I'd better upload an image of it - so here is a part of it!
The date of the carving is the matter of some dispute. Some say it is Norman, but other sources conclude that it predates the Normans, while others suggest a medieval date. That latter suggestion seems highly unlikely, given the style, which is much more suggestive of a late Saxon or, most likely, an early Norman date. Similar carved fonts can be found nearby at Cowlam, Kirkburn and Langtoft.
Much of the font is covered with a single design, depicting the Last Supper, an unusual subject matter for a baptismal font. The disciples sit at a long table that is laden with food including fish and loaves of bread with a cross on top. There are also flagons, platters, dishes, knives and cups. Chirist is easily recognisable and sits in a separate panel, his feet upon a stool. His clothing is unusual, and resembles that of a Roman military officer. One of the disciples extends his left hand, while the others have their right hands on the table. One historian has been led to suggest that the 'lefty' is likely to represent Judas.
One unique figure is separated from the Last Supper depiction and bears a crozier (bishop's staff). Local tradition suggests that this represents St Nicholas, to whom the church is dedicated. A final panel illustrates the Crucifixion, with Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus taking Christ down off the cross. Again, an unusual subject for a font.
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Parish church of St Nicholas