Local signage states that "Some years ago Mrs. E.G.C. Amcotts of Kettlethorpe Hall was holidaying in Brittany France, and was attracted to antique shop when she saw outside a dirty looking pulpit for sale.
Although the pulpit was covered in paint and stucco, on closer examination it proved to be a beautiful carved pulpit of the renaissance period, early 16th century.
Mrs. Amcotts told the dealer she would buy it if he could clean it without damaging the carvings , dealing with the condemnations of Christ and the supreme tragedy of Calvary.
The dealer assured her it could be done and at the end of seven days the pulpit was ready for use, the true beauty of the carvings and wood (black oak) having been revealed.
Mrs. Amcotts was very surprised at the quick way the cleaning had been accomplished and asked how it had been done.
She was even more astonished when told the pulpit had been left in the river and the natural motion of the river had done the necessary work"
DB 15 May 2022