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Normans 1066 – 1154 Period

The Mysteries of Wymering Manor

Wymering Manor in Portsmouth is one of Hampshire’s oldest and allegedly, most haunted houses. From the outside it presents a bit of a sorry state and its exterior belies its ancient past but it is a house full on intrigue and mystery.

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Eling Tide Mill

Eling Toll House

Eling tidal mill is a rare mill, not just in Britain but in the world. There has been a mill on the site for at least a thousand years, the present building dates from about the 1780’s. It still mills flour and is set in the lovely area of Eling Quay.

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St Mary’s Church Eling

St Mary's church Eling Hampshire

St Mary’s church Eling, has been in existence since Anglo Saxon times and sits above the Eling Tide Mill and Eling Quay. It contains a Titanic memorial to three parishioners who lost their lives in the disaster.

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Tournai Font St Mary Bourne

Tournai fonts Hampshire

The Tournai font St Mary Bourne Hampshire, is one of four Tournai black marble fonts to be found in Hampshire and wonderfully carved with symbols

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Tournai Font Winchester Cathedral

Tournai Font Winchester

The Tournai font Winchester Cathedral Hampshire, is still the only font in the Cathedral and used for baptisms. Carved with the story of St Nicholas, it has on one side a ship carrying travellers.

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Tournai Font East Meon

Tournai Font East Meon
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Meon Valley Fonts

The Tournai font East Meon tells the story of Adam and Eve Many people come to the pretty village of East Meon to visit its magnificent Norman church and to gaze upon its black Tournai font, situated to the left hand side just as you enter the church’s south door. A gift from Bishop Henry…

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All Saints Church East Meon

All Saints East Meon
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Meon Valley Churches

The imposing All Saints church East Meon is a striking cross shape Norman building that sits above the floor of the Meon Valley and contains one of Hampshire’s four black Tournai marble fonts

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Corhampton Church and King Cnut

Corhampton Church

A possible link between Corhampton church and King Cnut The Anglo Saxon church is awash with historical gems and it’s interesting to consider some of the connections made between its architecture and artefacts and other events that occurred in its long history. Go to the northern side of the church and look at the blocked…

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Baptismal Font Porchester

Baptismal font Hampshire

Hampshire baptismal fonts consist of many marvelous Norman examples. The baptismal font at Porchester St Marys, is an unusual example of a round font, carved with intricate symbols.

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Nunnaminster Winchester

Ruins of Nunnaminster Winchester

Nunnaminster in Winchester was the Saxon abbey founded in 903AD by King Alfred and his wife Ealhswith. It was a wooden structure re-built in stone and then enlarged by the Normans.

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Paulet Family in Hampshire

The Paulet family are an ancient and important family in Hampshire and also played an important role in the history of England. Memorials to the Paulet family and its variant spellings abound in churches around the county.

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Upper Wield Church

Monument Wield Church

The church of St James in Upper Wield Hampshire is one of those simple C12th churches whose very simplicity give a sense of its ancient past and a present day serenity. See the monument to a member of one of Hampshire’s important families, the Wallops.

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Baptismal Font Farringdon

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Selborne Area Fonts

The baptismal font Farringdon All Saints is a bit of a mixed up affair The font basin is a cylindrical tub, undecorated. This suggests a possible earlier date than the four C12th fluted capitals and raised plinth that it rests upon. The oak lid is early but difficult to date precisely. Our intention is to…

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Baptismal Font Buriton

Baptismal font Buriton
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series South East Hampshire Fonts

The baptismal font in the C12th church of St Mary’s Buriton, is as old as the church itself. The late Norman font was made from a slab of Purbeck marble and lined with lead before receiving its cover (now gone) after the 1234 edict requiring all font basins to be covered.

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The Incredible Gospel Oak of Avington

The incredible Gospel Oak of Avington has two historic tales to tell. It barely clings to life but it leaves behind it a story of kings and bishops and saints, all wrapped up in the history of Hampshire

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