All Saints Church, Little Somborne

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All Saints Church, Little Somborne
All Saints' Church, Little Somborne, from the south
All Saints Church, Little Somborne is located in Hampshire
All Saints Church, Little Somborne
All Saints Church, Little Somborne
Location in Hampshire
Coordinates: 51°05′31″N 1°27′21″W / 51.0919°N 1.4557°W / 51.0919; -1.4557
OS grid referenceSU 383 326
LocationLittle Somborne, Hampshire
WebsiteChurches Conservation Trust
Functional statusRedundant
Heritage designationGrade II*
Designated29 May 1957
Architectural typeChurch
StyleSaxon, Norman
MaterialsRendered flint rubble with stone dressings
Tiled roof

All Saints' Church is a redundant Anglican church in the hamlet of Little Somborne, Hampshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building,[1] and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2] The church is situated some 4 miles (6 km) southeast of Stockbridge, to the east of the A3057 road.[2][3]


All Saints has its origin in the Saxon era, and it is recorded in the Domesday book. The original church had a nave and a chancel, but in 1170 the chancel was removed, the nave was extended towards the east, and a very small chancel was added at the east end.[2] The chancel was removed during the 17th century, the chancel arch was filled in with a wall and a window was inserted.[1]


The church is constructed in flint rubble with stone dressings. The walls have been rendered and colourwashed. The roof is tiled.[1] Its plan is simple, consisting of a nave and a chancel in a single range, with a weatherboarded bellcote at the west end. At the east end, within the former chancel arch, is a three-light square-headed window, and above this are two lancet windows. In the north wall of the chancel is a 12th-century single-light window. To the west of this is a blocked door dating from the same period. Also in the north wall is a Saxon pilaster strip made in Binstead stone from the Isle of Wight. In the south wall of the chancel is a 13th-century lancet window. To the west of this are two single-light square-headed windows. Between these is a Norman round-headed doorway. The west window dates from the 14th century and has two lights with trefoil heads, and there is a quatrefoil window above it.[4]

The plaster has been stripped from the interior of the walls, and the floor has been partly removed and replaced by flags. To the south of the chancel arch is a small round-headed niche. The font dates from the 19th century.[1]

External features[edit]

In the churchyard is the grave of Thomas Sopwith, the pioneer aviator, who developed the Sopwith Camel, and died in 1989.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "All Saints Church, Little Somborne (1167714)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 June 2013
  2. ^ a b c d All Saints' Church, Little Somborne, Hampshire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 25 March 2011
  3. ^ Little Somborne, Streetmap, retrieved 22 March 2011
  4. ^ Page, William, ed. (1911), "Parishes: Little Sombourne", A History of the County of Hampshire, Victoria County History, University of London & History of Parliament Trust, 4, pp. 480–482, retrieved 25 March 2011

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