For this church:
Boughton St Matthew
Features and Fittings
The octagonal stone, lead-lined font stands in the south-western part of the nave adjacent to the door from the south porch entrance, and it is mounted upon a square stone raised plinth.
The font lid is of oak with iron fittings which appears contemporary with the original stonework.
The inscription printed around the top (from Ephesians 4.5,6) reads:
This is approached from four stone steps the treads of which appear to be of Ancaster stone whilst the risers are of Steetley stone.
The pulpit itself sits across a corner in an oblique manner partially obscuring some of the fine carved stone architectural features.
This unclad structure is neatly fitted into the north-wall of the Sanctuary but appears to have never enjoyed the benefit of a door over the opening, which may lead us to believe it is a small Easter Sepulchre. It is seen today as a splendid display shelf.
There is no parish chest as such, but an oak framed chest is in evidence in the ‘Mothers Union’ memorial corner to the left of the main altar. The chest is carved on the upper front panel banding timbers. The patina and finish appears to confirm the chest’s age is commensurate with that of the church.
This chair modelled in the Gothic revival style has a folding assembly with an equilateral triangular top rail enclosing a fretwork of a trifolium of leaves on an entwined stem. Sloping arms form the top-rail to the seat and cross legs with a single turned annular but pegged stretcher. The back panel is flat, but having decorative carving with a cross in the middle. A square-looped cushion is also provided.
A further oak chair is provided in the chancel to which the top rail has a plate attached recording:
The chair has square columns at each corner, each with a spherical finial and two reduced square sections with Astragal mouldings above and below. The square top-rail is supported with six turned elongated multiple ovoid styled columns surmounted with a quinn-arched but square banded top rail.
The seat is flat and the front rail has similar arches matching the top-rail, but with a describing line. The arm rails are bow styled and the whole adorned with a neat loose cushion.
The pine pews are low backed and simple in style, much suited to the nave layout and its adornments. The woodwork has been finished with a degrading varnish and has that characteristic tiger scale finish commensurate with its age.
The choir stalls, as with most of the timberwork within the chancel area, are made of oak. They are linear in style with carved tracery work to the front panels.
The lectern is in the main constructed of an attractively grained oak, which has flourished over the years by careful application of polish, although some bloom is present owing to silicon being applied at some stage.
The slope is of ample proportion with three gothic arches and representative tracery-work cut within the vertical plate. Carefully chamfered edges add to the features of the piece, which stands on a quartered foot assembly with additional embellishments fitted onto the main octagonal stem.
The encaustic floor tiles, made by Minton are set in various designs composed by the architect at the time of the original build. The degree of extravagance is dependent on the area covered, the nave being the more basic in style with the chancel the most complex.
There are two tablets on the west wall of the nave which read: