All Saints' Church, Little Somborne, Hampshire

Address: Somborne Park Road, Little Somborne, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6QT
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A church mentioned in the Domesday Book

Set in a downland valley, this delightful little church makes a charming picture with its wooden bell-cote, a large house beyond, and just a few cottages nearby.

Mentioned in Domesday Book, it is half Saxon and half Norman: the Saxon church had a nave and chancel but in 1170 the Normans removed the latter and extended the church eastwards, doubling its original length and adding a tiny new chancel. Evidence of both periods is clearly seen in the walls, windows and doorways of the building.

Sir Thomas Sopwith, the pioneer aviator, was buried here in 1989.

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Road directions

4 miles south east of Stockbridge, off A3057

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Winchester (6.1 miles)

OS Reference No.

SU 383 326

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PDF iconHampshire, Sussex & Surrey County Guide (PDF, 4.9mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Hampshire, Sussex & Surrey. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Shirley Waldron (12 Mar 2012, 10:44)

    what a divine position. saw it on a sunny spring day in March. one of my favourites so far

  2. Alan Grove (05 Apr 2012, 17:49)

    Stunning! A quiet rural location with the grand house set in the background.The bell tower is unusual. There is interesting information on the restoration and that of the big house as well as the aviation pioneer Sopwith who is buried in the graveyard.

    We visited on a spring day with the daffodils out - stunning!

  3. Elizabeth C (21 Apr 2013, 21:57)

    This is a lovely little church in a very quite and peaceful location set against the manor house in the distance. We have visited this church on many occasions and in the winter month of February the Snowdrops can be seen in abundance.... wonderful and spring with the Daffodils and Primroses. The church inside is delightful and transforms you back through the centuries. What a perfect setting to bury a aviation pioneer aviator Sopwith.

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All Saints' Church, Little Somborne, Hampshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.