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Normans 1066 – 1154 Period

St Michael and All Angels Knights Enham

St Michael and All Angels
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Andover Area Churches

The church of St Michael and All Angels Knights Enham, is a 12th century gem in Hampshire, 800 years worth of history to mull over. Situated in a lane alongside a farm, it’s easy to imagine souls of hundreds of years entering its doors.

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St Leonard’s Church Hartley Mauditt

St Leonards church in Hartley Mauditt Hampshire, sits in splendid isolation, it doesn’t even have its manor house for company. The ownership of the manor itself touches on key families in Medieval England.

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Norman Churches

Norman doorway in Easton church Hampshire

Hampshire is blessed with magnificent Norman churches whose wide arches are beautifully decorated with all manner of carving and whose fonts are square and strong.

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Portchester Castle

Portchester Castle history

Portchester Castle is breathtakingly beautiful, sitting on the northern shore of Portsmouth Harbour. Its Roman walls and bastions are as imposing today as they must have appeared seventeen hundred years ago.

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St Simon and St Jude Bramdean

St Simon and St Jude Bramdean
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Itchen Valley Churches

In the ‘valley where the broom grows’, well actually not in the valley but sitting high above it, is the church of St Simon and St Jude Bramdean. You do not glimpse it from the road but this C12th church gazes down on its community, well above the winter bourne that floods the road below…

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Meonstoke Font

The font at St Andrew’s church Meonstoke, is a simple C12th example with a beautiful lead lining.

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Beautiful Brockenhurst Church

St Nicholas Church Brockenhurst

The oldest church in the New Forest, Brockenhurst church, the church of St Nicholas, has a beautifully mellow look, as though it has occupied this position for ever. And it nearly has. Like several other Hampshire churches, St Nicholas is positioned on a mound, a sign that this position has been held sacred maybe since…

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All Saints Church Little Somborne

All Saints Church Little Somborne

All Saints Church Little Somborne is an Anglo Saxon church that sits close to Somborne Park in Hampshire and has remained largely untouched for seven hundred years. It is a looked after by the Church Conservation Trust.

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Ashley Castle

Ashley Castle Hampshire

Henry de Blois built Ashley Castle during the period of the Anarchy as part of his support for his brother King Stephen. Built in 1138, it was destroyed in 1155 before being rebuilt during the reign of King John.

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St Peter ad Vincula Colemore

The church of St Peter ad Vincula Colemore is an isolated church that sits alongside its ancient manor house. It looks as if time has past it by and is a wonderfully evocative picture of a time long ago in Hampshire History.

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St Swithun’s Church Martyr Worthy

St Swithun's church Martyr Worthy

St Swithun’s church Martyr Worthy is a Norman church but its tall narrow doorways might tempt you to think otherwise. There has been a church at Martyr Worthy Hampshire since Domesday.

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St Mary Magdalene West Tisted

St Mary Magdalene West Tisted

St Mary Magdalene church in West Tisted is one of Hampshire’s hidden gems. To find it involves taking a small path over a moat. The church sits within the grounds of a manor house whose history is tied up with the English Civil War and the Tichborne family. The church itself is much older, early…

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