Ackworth is a village situated about 2 miles S of Ponteftact in the Wakefield district of West Yorkshire. The church of St Cuthbert stands at the top of a rise at the junction between High and Low Ackworth. It has an exceptionally large churchyard, with many yew trees. The present structure is mostly C19th with a Perp. W tower and S porch. Pevsner (1967, 70), describes this as being ‘of 1855’, restored after a fire in 1852. The only Romanesque sculpture present is a font which may originally have been of C12th date, but has been re-tooled and re-shaped.
In Domesday Book, Ackworth had a church and a priest. By 1086 it was part of the Lacy fee. Hugh de Laval gave the church to Nostell priory around 1119-1129, a gift confirmed by Henry I. (Farrer 1916, nos.1428, 1431,1488).
|depth of bowl||0.26m|
|dimensions of basin estimated||approx. 0.6m by 0.53m|
|h. of bowl||0.44 m|
|thickness of walls||approx. 0.11m|
|w. of rectangle E-W||0.7 to 0.75m|
|w. of rectangle N-S||0.825m|
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