How’s this for a bit of atmosphere

Nettlecombe, Somerset

A fifteenth century Seven Sacrament font in Ham stone, sandstone recesses with thirteenth and fourteenth century effigies of the Ralegh family, a late medieval waggon roof, a patchwork of old flooring and a late seventeenth century tablet with reclining putti. Does it get any better than this, does it?  This atmospheric interior is the south aisle at Nettlecombe in Somerset.     

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  1. It is the only Seven Sacrament font outside Eastern England. All but one of the others are in Norfolk and Suffolk. It would be interesting [but probably impossible] to know the reasons for this, and why there are none in Lincolnshire, for example.

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  2. Indeed so, it is very odd this is the only one in the West Country. The absence in Lincolnshire is significant I think, particularly given that a lot of Lincolnshire fonts, particularly in the marsh show a distinct East Anglian influence. Any there is another article to come on the Nettlecombe font in the next couple of weeks.

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