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Churches of the British Isles

Gallery: Churches of Hampshire

by Peter Kessler, 16 October 2019

Winchester Part 1: Churches of Winchester, Woodmancott & Hinton Ampner

St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate Church, Winchester, Hampshire

St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate Church, Winchester, sits over the old Roman gate between St Swithun Street and College Street. The gate was rebuilt in 1148, and the church was probably opened at the same time. It was burnt by locals in a dispute with the priory in 1264, but was rebuilt and remains in use, possibly unique as a place of worship over an ancient city gate. The gateway was rebuilt in the 1300s; the church in part in the 1500s. The entrance dates to the 1700s.

St James Church, Woodmancott, Hampshire

St James Church, Woodmancott, lies at the north-eastern corner of a junction between minor lanes, and is flanked to the east by Manor Farm. A medieval church existed on this site before the present building, but that burned down on Easter Day in 1854. The replacement was erected in 1855. It has an aisleless chancel and nave, with a south porch and a vestry to the north of the chancel. The west gable of the red tile roof contains a small stone bellcote.

All Saints Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

The Parish Church of All Saints Hinton Ampner sits on the western flank of Hinton Ampner National Trust House and is highly visible from the gardens. Its origins are Saxon, and traces survive despite the building undergoing a rebuild in the 1200s. Further rebuilding took place in the 1800s. Used as the place of worship for the estate and its staff, it remains open today. The English Civil War saw Royalists set up headquarters behind the church, prior to defeat in battle.

Two photos on this page kindly contributed by Sam Weller, and one by Howard Somerville, all via the 'History Files: Churches of the British Isles' Flickr group.



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