Church of St John the Baptist, Upper Eldon, Hampshire

Address: Upper Eldon, Kings Somborne, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6QN
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A 19th-century cow shed!

Built in the 12th-century, this tiny, elegant church stands barn-like in the attractive grounds of 15th-century Eldon House.

Its unassuming and simple exterior belies its history of near ruin and repair over the centuries. It was substantially restored in 1729 to save it from collapse, and then again in the 1860s and in 1975. In the 19th-century, it was used as a cowshed!

There are traces of nine consecration crosses from its original construction, each stone bearing a circle enclosing five holes which held long vanished metal crosses.

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Road directions

4 miles south of Stockbridge, off A3057; in private garden, access to church only

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Dunbridge (3.1 miles)

OS Reference No.

SU 365 278

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Useful information

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.








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. Alan Grove (08 Jul 2013, 10:30)

    Sometimes the smallest are the most evocative and this in its stunning very rural location in the grounds of a medieval farmhouse surrounded by pretty gardens with a straddle stone barn in the background is hard to beat.

    Don't miss the little bell outside and the initials in the brickwork of the East end. The social history press cuttings are worth a read.

    Warning - if you have a motorhome the no passing lane is several miles long! (but there are some passing points)

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Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

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Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Church of St John the Baptist, Upper Eldon, 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.

Disabled access

There is good access for visitors with disabilities.

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.