Holy Trinity Church, Privett, Hampshire

Address: Merepond Lane, Privett, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3PE
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Open daily from 10.00am to 3.00pm
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A Victorian jewel set in beautiful countryside

The spire of Holy Trinity soars high above the trees, visible for miles around in an idyllic corner of Hampshire. It is an extraordinary experience to find this lavishly decorated Medieval-style church with Italian marble mosaic floors in such a rural location.

Built in 1876-78, the church was funded by William Nicholson - a local benefactor and gin distiller - and designed by Gothic architect Sir Arthur Blomfield, later responsible for the Royal College of Music. Blomfield used the best craftsmen of the day to produce the magnificent stonework, mosaics and stained glass.

The walls are made from warm-toned Ham Hill stone with bands of Bath stone. Marble mosaic floors run across the church and are particularly colourful in the chancel.

If you are lucky, you may hear the lovely peal of eight bells ringing out - but at any time you can soak in the wonderful views all over Hampshire.

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How to find us

To locate this church on a map, click on the 'View on map' link that appears below the address information at the top of the page.

Road directions

5 miles west from Petersfield, off A272

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Petersfield (4.7 miles). Bus route number 205 is 10-15 minutes walk away

OS Reference No.

SU 677 270

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out about this church and the CCT before you visit?

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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Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Comments

  1. Elizabeth (03 Apr 2011, 21:34)

    Visited this lovely and peaceful site in March, 2009. Could have spent all day and would like to visit again. Military remembrances, lovely altar detail. Just a jewel. First time I learned of the CCT. As an American who loves English churches I am so pleased to see them being cared for by someone! What treasures you have!

  2. Phillip (10 Sep 2011, 17:31)

    Lovely Church and imposing on the eye. A Victorian masterpiece which is set in such a peaceful area. Its size dominates the landscape and reminds us of our architectural, but also Christian heritage. Upon entering the Church you are drawn into a aura of peace and stillness. A visit well worth; visiting it on more than one occasion is a must!

  3. Gary Shield (23 Sep 2011, 17:11)

    This church just doesn't fit it's surroundings in my eyes....it's just so magnificent and should be in a city centre somewhere...it's just too perfect and extravagant for such a small village...but 'stunning' just does not cover it! Of the many highlights for me, the altar (with the spectacular carvings) and the extraordinary pulpit...oh and the floor tiles....and the font..are my favourites .If you are in Hampshire, it is a must on the CCT trail.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/garyshield/sets/72157627611075267/

  4. Joe Beasant (19 Mar 2012, 14:26)

    Beautiful building and such a joy to find. Have driven past many times on the A272 and not had the time to explore, glad I made the time to do so.

    So peaceful and atmospheric both inside and out. I am no the greatest fan of victorian churches, but this one could convert me }:0)) The lighting is superb, well done to whoever arranged it. It won't be long before I am back, maybe on a sunnier day.

    Have posted the photos I took in one of my Facebook albums and attached a link to this page.

  5. Alan Grove (19 Mar 2013, 20:25)

    Completely out of place and very overpowering in its Victorian taste but all put into context by the good social history display boards.

    When we visited students from the American school in London were clearing the graveyard. A very worthwhile example of our special relationship and our thanks to them for such sterling work.

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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.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Donate by text

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.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Holy Trinity Church, Privett, 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 are steps at the entrance.

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.