Back again after a little catch up with other important things going on plus the atrocious weather did not help.
Today after a bit of work we trundled off to walk along the Medway by the Edith May Barge at Lower Halstow. We found that this charming church was "Open" for lunch, we had looked at the exterior many times before when it was closed. Today we were very pleased to be able to go inside and have lunch, which I must add was very good and served by a happy throng of volunteers.
A small village church which has been altered and added to over the centuries.
The font is really unusual and I haven't seen anything like it in my travels dates fro 1160/1180. It has a wooden cover which is raised using a chain and counterweight system.
Revealing a beautifully decorated lead font, the leaflet told me it was one of only 30 lead fonts in the country and one of only four in Kent. It had been plastered over at some time during the 16th or 17th century possibly to protect it from being melted down or a cheap way of repairing damage. The plaster began to crack away until the real form of the font became evident in the 1920's.
It is really pleasing to see all the work in the casting and something that the Church treasures.
Another look at the inside of St Margaret's tomorrow.
Thanks for looking.
Best regards Mike.