St Mary the Virgin

This Victorian church was designed by Alfred Waterhouse (who designed the Natural History Museum) and is an architectural gem, reflecting the Arts & Crafts movement and the Oxford movement, set in a pastoral scene.

About this church

The church is built on the site of a Saxon church, replaced in 1876, with a large church (seats 250 people) set in its churchyard overlooking the Itchen River, on the edge of the village. It has beautiful stained glass, with memorials, windows and stone arches taken from the earlier church, and has been updated to provide toilets and a refreshment area.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Non-accessible toilets in church
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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