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Font, All Saints Church, Kirk Hallam, c1930s
Mr L Wood
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The tub-shaped font with its arcade of intersecting arches inside All Saints Church at Kirk Hallam. The structure of this small aisle-less church is, according to its Listing description, 14th and 15th century with a significant degree of restoration in the Victorian era. However, some older relics remain, including this font, which may be of Norman date. Until 1539 the church was administered by nearby Dale Abbey and the first priests were monks, the earliest recorded being one Simon de Radford in 1298. By the 18th century the building was ruinous and was allegedly lucky to escape demolition in 1778. Restoration work in the mid-19th century included the addition of a south porch but otherwise was relatively restrained. All Saints has been Listed Grade I since 1963.