St Michael & All Angels

St Michael’s church is a Grade I listed building, one of only 24 in the New Forest.

About this church

Simon Jenkins makes it one of England’s Thousand Best Churches : 'The masterpiece of William White, the interior is astonishing... a treasure house of preRaphaelite artworks'.

The church is recognised as housing a world class collection of art including the Leighton fresco stained glass by Burne-Jones, Rossetti, Kempe, Clayton & Bell, and William Morris. Pevsner said it is ‘exquisite throughout, among the best of the firm and infinitely superior to anything done by anyone else at the time’.

In the nave roof are life sized wooden angels.

The church is also famous for being the final resting place of Alice Hargreaves, better known as Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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This is a small rural church with a great history and wonderful peaceful atmosphere.

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