Cholmondeston

St Bart's Gems

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Jane Dutton's Memorial
If you enter the Church by the main door, turn immediately right and proceed down the aisle to the choir stalls -- at the back of the choir stalls you will see a fine painted memorial.
John says, "This is probably the most interesting of all the memorials in St Bartholomew's Church, and it certainly came here from the previous church, as the church we know today was completed in 1720".
The Jane Dutton Memorial is a fine painted wooden panel, it is undoubtedly of one of the four generations of heraldic artists and historians, named Randle Holmes.
The tablet of a shield, bears the arms of the Cholmondeley's, with five quarterings, impaling Tollemache. The arms quartered being of Cheyney, Dutton, Dorman, Holdord and Minshull.
The inscription below it reads;
In the middle of this chancel lyeth interred ye body of Jane daughter of Sr Lionell Talmache, of Helmingham, in ye country of Suffolke Bartt. & late yr wife of Thomas Cholmondeley of Vale -- Royall, in ye county Paletyne of Chester, Esq. by whome she yssue severall Sones & Daughters, of whome Robert Elizabeth Jane Mary Anne & Diane were onely living at her death: She dyed ye 14th April Ano Dmi: 1666.

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The Font
This month at the start of 2016 — What better place to begin than the Font, the font that has baptised so many of you, your children and members of your family, and will baptise many more in the years to come.

The Font is used for baptism ceremonies and holds consecrated water for this purpose. This large classical stone, gadrooned font, is placed underneath the gallery in St Bart's and can be seen from the South door.
Gadrooning is a decorative motif consisting of convex curves in a series, vaguely reminiscent of flower petals — as you can see from the photograph.
This font was made by Mr. Morphitt for thirty five shillings in 1717 and is painted cream. The lid is wooden with iron bands and was made by Nathaniel Higginson around the same time.

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John says — " Please notice the font is on a plinth which is concreted into the floor, this is to stop it falling to pieces"

 

This photo is of the Baptism Ceremony of Isabelle Katie Boote, held in St Bartholomew's Church.

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