The font was viewed as the womb of the virgin mother church, who was in some congregations, for example, in the early churches of Gaul, no abstraction, but a divine aeon watching over and sympathizing with the children of her womb, the recipient even of hymns of praise and humble supplications.
He looked up joyfully at the baby when the nurse brought it to him and nodded approval when she told him that the wax with the baby's hair had not sunk in the font but had floated.
The font is a fine specimen of the same style; and there is beautiful woodwork in the chancel.
A Norman font remains from the older foundation.
It also possesses a remarkable Norman font of lead.
FRANCESCO GUICCIARDINI (1483-1540), the celebrated Italian historian and statesman, was born at Florence in the year 1483, when Marsilio Ficino held him at the font of baptism.
In the interior, which is supported by four pilasters and eight columns, the most striking features are the octagonal font and the hexagonal pulpit, erected in 1260 by Niccola Pisano.
The font is transitional Norman, a good example; and a small pre-Norman crypt remains beneath part of the church.
His grandfather, who was his godfather, trembling and afraid of dropping him, carried the infant round the battered tin font and handed him over to the godmother, Princess Mary.
The church of St Mary is mainly Perpendicular, and contains a Norman font and monuments of the 8th century.