"The octagonal stone font is late Norman and was missing for a number of years until the Rector at the end of the 19th century found it lying in a field belonging to Horsegrove Farm being used as a cattle trough. Although slightly damaged, a small sum of money was exchanged and the font was returned to the Church.
How it came to be in the field is a mystery although it should be noted that Samuel Wickens was Churchwarden from 1814-1818 and he was the tenant of the farm in 1816!"
Samuel Wickens is my ancestor! It is a large font and would have taken several men to move it and get it onto a cart!
My family were farming in the same place for nearly 400 years (probably more) but I cannot get further back at the moment.