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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 110
                                  
ST MARTINS CHURCH, CANTERBURY  By the  Rev Canon Routledge  Continued

only of the present chancel. It appears to me that we can distinctly trace the point at which the old wall ended and the apse began.
   (b) I would call special attention to the convex buttress on the south side of the nave. It is very peculiar. It cannot have been a staircase in later times, as there seems to be no reason whatever for a staircase at that particular place in a building of the same size as the present. It is not unlike circular projections in the Saxon towers of Sompting and Brixworth.
   There is probably little foundation for the conjecture that the old church might have ended somewhere near this point, and then the buttress might have had something to do with the support of the western front, or have been a staircase up to the old belfry.
   (c) What some have called the "Leper's Window" on the S.W. of the chancel. Is it a window or a door? If a window, is it in situ? or has it been moved there from some other part of the church? It is, in my opinion, a door occupying the place of (if not itself actually) the entrance to the early Roman building. Its component materials argue 

great antiquity.
   (d) Last, and most interesting of all, is the font, which is almost unique, being built up of various stones in different tiers. It is circular or tub-shaped, about two feet six inches high, and consists of a rim, three tiers, and a modern base. The three tiers, and a modern base. The three tiers are made up of some twenty-four distinct stones rounded externally and fitted in their place. The lower tier is embellished with a continuous pattern of scrollwork; the second with groups of circles intertwining with one another (what Hasted calls a kind of hieroglyphical true-lovers'-knot), with the exception of one stone which has carved on it six comparatively plain circles; the third tier is of a completely different character, exhibiting arches intersecting one another. At the top is a rim, the ornamentation of which corresponds with that of the two lower tiers, except one part on which there is a kind of dogtooth-work, like stars cut in half. It has been suggested, with great probability, that the outer half of the upper rim's thickness

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