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Churches of the British Isles

Gallery: Churches of Hampshire

by Peter Kessler, 4 December 2019

Eastleigh Part 1: Churches of Bursledon & Netley

St Leonard's Church, Bursledon, Hampshire

St Leonard's Church, Bursledon, stands at the south-eastern end of the Church Lane loop, on the southern side of Hill Place. Permission was given to the monks of Hamble Priory (see links) to build a chapel here at a date between 1129 and 1171. Before then the walk for parishioners to the mother church had been a long and arduous one. Their new church was a small and simple stone building of nave and chancel. The chancel arch is Early English in style, dated to 1190-1300.

St Leonard's Church, Bursledon, Hampshire

In the 1830s two transepts were added, producing a cross-shaped church in plan. These proved unsatisfactory so in 1888-89 the church was extensively remodelled by architect John Sedding. The blocked doorways in the nave, presumably once the main access points for monks and congregation before the Victorian extension, date to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The chancel's small lancet window dates to the 1200s, with Victorian restoration work.

Royal Victoria Hospital Chapel, Netley, Hampshire

The Royal Victoria Hospital Chapel, Netley, stands on the northern side of The Stables in Royal Victoria Country Park, looking out over Southampton Water. Netley Hospital was built in 1856 at the suggestion of Queen Victoria but its design caused some controversy, chiefly from Florence Nightingale. The main building - the world's longest when it was completed - was entirely demolished in 1966, apart from the chapel and former YMCA building which both survive.

Two photos on this page originally published on Lynne's 'Echoes of the Past' blog and reproduced here with permission, and one kindly contributed by Karen White via the 'History Files: Churches of the British Isles' Flickr group.



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