North Grimston, St Nicholas Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Superb Norman font
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 ddicated. 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.
The church itself dates to the 12th century, with a Norman chancel arch. A medieval grave slab lies beside the altar, with a small medieval brass set into the wall above it.
About North Grimston, St Nicholas Church
Address: B1248, North Grimston, Yorkshire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On the B1248 4 miles south east of Malton
North Grimston, St Nicholas Church Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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