was cut away to form a ledge, on which a tall cover
might firmly rest.
The controversy as to the date of this interesting relic is too
prolonged to be entered into on the present occasion. The character of
the carving naturally suggests at first that it is of the later Norman
period. But it does not necessarily follow that the carving is
contemporary with the structure of the font; the fact of it being
chiselled in a sketchy manner would suggest that it is not. I cannot but
think that what I may call the composition of the font (i.e. its being
built of various stones, laid in an irregular manner) is inconsistent
with its alleged Norman date. And it is more than probable that the
whole font is Saxon, chiselled out into the present patterns during the
eleventh century; nor is it absolutely impossible that it is the very
font in which Ethelbert, King of Kent, was baptized.
Finally, among the miscellanea, I may mention that
the length of the present chancel is about the same as that of the nave,
i.e. about forty-two feet.
The only monument of any interest in the church is that
Sir John Finch, who was Baron of Fordwich, Chancellor
of Queen Henrietta Maria, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Keeper of
the Great Seal.
In the pavement close to the altar-rails is a small white
cross of a curious character, about eighteen inches long and two inches
wide. The lower half of it corresponds with an illustration that appears
Of brasses there is one of the beginning of the sixteenth
century in the middle of the passage up the nave, inscribed with the
name of Stephen Falkes and Alys his wife. There is also the effigy of
Thomas Stoughton, of the date 1591, in the chancel; and another of
Michael Fraunces and Jane his wife, who died in 1587.
The bells are three in number. One has no inscription; the
second bears the date 1641; and on the third, in old English characters,
is, "Sancta Caterina, ora pro nobis."
The registers begin from the year 1662; they contain no entries of
Some Saxon beads have been found in the churchyard, as