St Mary's Church, Hartley Wintney

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St Mary's Church, Hartley Wintney
St Mary's Church, Hartley Wintney, from the southwest
St Mary's Church, Hartley Wintney is located in Hampshire
St Mary's Church, Hartley Wintney
St Mary's Church, Hartley Wintney
Location in Hampshire
Coordinates: 51°17′48″N 0°54′01″W / 51.2968°N 0.9002°W / 51.2968; -0.9002
OS grid reference SU 768 558
Location Hartley Wintney, Hampshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 24 November 1961
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic, Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 13th century
Completed Mid-nineteenth century
Materials Body of church flint with some puddingstone and brick
Transepts brick
Tower flint
Roofs tiled

St Mary's Church is a redundant Anglican church in the village of Hartley Wintney, 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 stands on a hillside to the south of the village, some 8 miles (13 km) east of Basingstoke.[2][3][4]


The church was built in the 13th century by the nuns of Wintney Priory. At this time it consisted of a nave and a chancel.[2][5] The transepts and the tower were added in the middle of the 19th century.[2] St Mary's was replaced as the parish church when a new church dedicated to Saint John was built in the village, and St Mary's became a mortuary chapel.[5] The church was declared redundant on 13 March 1974 and was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust on 22 October 1975.[6]



The nave and chancel are constructed in flint with some puddingstone and brick. The transepts are in red brick, and the tower is in flint.[5] The church is roofed with red tiles. Its plan consists of a nave and chancel, with north and south transepts, and a west tower.[1] The chancel measures 17 feet 9 inches (5.4 m) by 15 feet (4.6 m), the nave 50 feet 10 inches (15.5 m) by 20 feet (6.1 m), the transepts 17 feet 5 inches (5.3 m) by 12 feet (3.7 m), and the tower is 12 feet (3.7 m) square.[5] The windows in the sides of the chancel and nave date from the 14th and 15th centuries, and have one, two or three lights. The windows in the transepts, and the three-light east window, date from the 19th century. The tower is in three stages with diagonal corner buttresses. In the bottom stage is a west door, and a single-light window on the north and south sides. The middle stage contains two-light windows on the north, west and south sides, and in the top stage are three-light bell openings an all sides. At the top of the tower is an embattled parapet with a pinnacle at each corner.


In the chancel is a 12th-century piscina,[1] and a hagioscope (squint).[4] Also in the church are box pews, a communion rail dating from the early 18th century,[1] hatchments, and a royal arms dated 1705.[4] There are the remains of 13th-century wall paintings, including one depicting Saint Christopher,[2] and another showing Saint George killing the dragon.[4]


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  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Mary, Hartley Wintney (1092270)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 17 April 2014 
  2. ^ a b c d e f St Mary's Church, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 20 April 2011 
  3. ^ Hartley Wintney, Streetmap, retrieved 20 April 2011 
  4. ^ a b c d e Hartley Wintney, St Mary's Church, Britain Express, retrieved 21 April 2011 
  5. ^ a b c d Page, William, ed. (1911), "Parishes: Hartley Wintney", A History of the County of Hampshire, Victoria County History (University of London & History of Parliament Trust) 4: 79–81, retrieved 21 April 2011 
  6. ^ Diocese of Winchester: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2010, pp. 2–3, retrieved 21 April 2011 

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