For this church:
Orston St Mary
Features and Fittings
A fragment of 15th-century traceried oak panel is mounted on the south wall of the chancel at the west end. It was found in 1861 when a lath and plaster partition (used to divide the chancel from the nave) was demolished and is probably part of the medieval rood screen.
Two fragments of wall painting are visible on the wall above the north arcade. The westernmost fragment depicts a flowering plan, the one on the east shows text in a Blackletter typeface.
Lord's Prayer and Creed Boards
There are two painted boards with Lord's Prayer and Creed, dating from the late 18th century, either side of the east window of the north aisle.
There is a plain circular bowl of a Transitional style font, which is no longer used but still exists and in need of restoration; it was probably thrown out during the Commonwealth period, when fonts from several adjoining parishes were also degraded. Fortunately for the parish, the leading families have always taken great interest in the fabric of the church - for example, the Lady Roos set up an altar in her day. The Kerchevalls – who held the manor in succession since the Reformation – set up a new font in the church in commemoration of the restoration of monarchy and episcopacy. The present font is said to be the most striking Restoration font in England, though it is debated to be a Stuart copy of the Tudor font at Bottesford - one of the very few fonts set up during that period.
The font at Orston was originally placed against the western pier of the south aisle, and that is the reason why one of the panels is blank. The font is octagonal and highly interesting for its Restoration date. The inscription reads:
Of other faces, one is blank, for it was formerly against the wall. The third bears cherubs’ heads, the fourth has elaborate rose-like flower, the fifth a plain conventional rose and the sixth, probably intended as an emblem of Trinity, is a Tudor Rose with three tulips rising out of the centre.
There are two painted commandment boards, dating from the late 18th century, either side of the east window of the south aisle.