St Mary's Church, Ashley, Hampshire

Address: Ashley, Kings Somborne, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6RJ
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Echoes of a long ago fortified past

This 12th century church, set prettily amongst trees, was probably built to serve Gains Castle, a Norman fortification now vanished.

A long, very narrow building of local stone, flint and brick, it consists only of nave, chancel and south porch, with two bells hung in small arches in the west gable.

Interesting features inside include:

  • the triple chancel arch;
  • a 13th-century wall painting in the splay of a small Norman window in the chancel;
  • the ancient south door;
  • a curious 17th century alms box cut out of an oak post.

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Road directions

4 miles south east of Stockbridge, off A3057

Public transport information

Nearest railway stations: Dunbridge (5.3 miles) or Winchester (5.8 miles)

OS Reference No.

SU 385 309

What’s on & news

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more 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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Comments

  1. Alan Grove (05 Apr 2012, 17:40)

    An interesting church in a pleasant setting with period properties nearby.
    What makes the church special is the outline of the adjoining Norman Motte & Bailey and as you stand there you can take yourself back a thousand years.

  2. Phillip (28 Sep 2012, 21:22)

    I have been to this church many times, and each time, (upon entry), I have always been greeted with a spiritual warmth which I always take away with me. It is a worth while church to visit, quiet and still; peace does truly reign here.

  3. Elizabeth C (21 Apr 2013, 21:39)

    We have been to this lovely little church on numerous occasions and have seen it through many seasons. The wild flowers are beautiful. The church when you walk through the door takes you back through the centuries and is such a pretty little church outside and in. When standing in the churchyard you can almost hear the sounds of the neighbouring Norman Motte and Bailey Castle When we lasted visited the sun was out and IT was still, peaceful and quite and all we could hear was the sound of birdsong and bees. Lovely.

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Community information for St Mary's Church, Ashley

 

All our Hampshire churches are in CCT’s West region.

About the Friends of Ashley Church

Contact telephone: 01794 388248

Contact email: terrynola@gmail.com

Website: http://www.communigate.co.uk/hants/ashleystmary/page1.phtml

Useful local links

Visit Hampshire tourism website

Hampshire Online website

Hampshire & the Islands Historic Churches Trust

Hampshire Genealogical Society

Hampshire Family History Search

List of churches in Hampshire

Hampshire is in the Diocese of Winchester

 

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St Mary's Church, Ashley, 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 one step down into 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.