“They don’t exhume fonts, do they?”

The dilemma of discovering an “unwanted font”

In our post, They bury fonts, don’t they? we examined the origins of the practice of burying fonts, and the occasions on which this disposal route has been sought. Subsequently, Michael Ainsworth and I reviewed further judgments in our joint post “Burial and destruction of unwanted fonts – further clarification”. However, it is inevitable that, if in the past fonts have been buried, there is a possibility when building works are undertaken in a churchyard, such as at St Andrew’s Church, Chippenham, an unexpected buried font may be discovered. Continue reading