Siston Parish Church



St. Anne's Church
Photos by John Wilkes of Cam
near Dursley, Gloucestershire
The Gloucestershire Photo Library

Page composition by Allan Taylor of Vancouver, Canada
http://www.allthecotswolds.com

St. Anne's in Siston, South Gloucestershire is nearly a thousand years old.
Although the tower is 13th and 14th Century, the South Porch with its rounded,
notched arch and tympanum, is 11th Century Norman about 1090 AD. The pointed outer arch of the porch only occurs in Norman architecture after the return of the Crusaders about 1120-50. Flanked by the keys of St. Peter, the fine tympanum depicts the Tree of Life and its trefoil leaves represent the Holy Trinity.
Oliver Cromwell's men stabled their horses in the Church, fired bullets into the outer, heavy studded door and broke off the holy water stoop in the porch.
The font is special - it is leaden. There are only 38 lead fonts in England.
Of the nine in Gloucestershire (the greatest number in any county), six are cast from the same mould as the Siston font. Experts date the font to the reign of William II - 1087 - 1100 AD. Bands of foliage surround the top and bottom of the bowl to enclose two human figures and curious scrolls. The motif has been copied in a contemporary tapestry in the church.

Siston Court Manor House stands near the church.