Fordon, St James' Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Norman font
It has had a chequered history, falling out of use and then being reconsecrated at least twice. It was reputedly used as a hideout for smugglers.
The oldest parts of the church are Norman, with a mishmash of later additions. The font is a simple Norman chalice design set upon a later base with carved foliage decoration. The base looks for all the world like an upturned column capital; perhaps it was.
The most interesting interior feature is a lovely rustic organ near the pulpit. This is beautifully carved and appears to be 18th-century work. Unfortunately, there were no information guides in the church when I visited so I can't be sure, but its an intriguing piece of furniture. There are small carved pedestals in the sanctuary of medieval date, now used to hold vases of flowers.
Verdict: a wonderful rustic church, full of charm.
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About Fordon, St James' Church
Address: Fordon, Yorkshire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the crossroads in Fordon hamlet
Fordon, St James' Church Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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