TOTAL IMMERSION FONT AND DOORWAY TO PARVISE, CRANBROOK
Access to the Total Immersion Font is via steps which also lead to the ancient door of the Parvise.
The Total Immersion Font was installed circa 1710 in an attempt to win Baptists back to the church and a wooden platform conceals the deep tank with steps leading down. Total Immersion Fonts are very rare and the one at Cranbrook is considered one of the finest examples in England.
The ancient door at the top of the steps leads to the Parvise which has been used as a priests’ room, vestry, and during the reign of Queen Mary 1 as a temporary jail for heretics awaiting trial.