St Mary's Church, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire

Address: Church Lane, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 8EE
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Open Sundays between 2.30pm and 4.30pm from Easter to end September; at other times keyholder nearby
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Hilltop church in a peaceful setting

Spend some time in St Mary’s and you will be richly rewarded. Originally built by nuns, the church now consists of a 13th-century nave and chancel, while the transepts and flint tower are 19th-century additions.

Highlights include the remains of 13th-century wall paintings, including one of St Christopher.

Also search out the graves of two commanders of the British Army - General Henry 'Hangman’ Hawley, who defeated Bonny Prince Charlie at Culloden, and Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke, Churchill’s closest military advisor during the Second World War.

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Road directions

8 miles east of Basingstoke, off A30; follow the minor road on the south side of Hartley Wintney and the A30 past the parish church, and continue for about 1.5 miles

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Winchfield (0.8 miles)

OS Reference No.

SU 768 558

What’s on & news

What’s on

News

16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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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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Comments

  1. Earle H. King (08 Dec 2011, 14:02)

    I had visited St Mary's first about 1967,they had just opened the church for restoration, and my wife and I were able to see some of the wall paintings that had been uncovered.
    I was born in Phoenix Green in 1944, and this was my first visit back to my homeland. Interestingly neither my Mother or Granmother had ever been inside Old St Mary's. The grew up in HartleyWntney.

    Earle

  2. Brian Simmons (03 Nov 2012, 13:09)

    I was in England back in 2005 visiting friends and relatives . During this adventure I inquired about the where abouts as to where my grandfather ,Earnest Joseph Collins , had been laid to rest . Our dear friend guided me to grave site where we paid our respects .Sadly to say we have missplaced my note book as to the exact cemetary location and my aunt has passed away since .Could you please advise me as to wether or not this is the church yard my grandfather is in .
    Thankyou
    Brian

  3. Amanda and Ian (24 Apr 2013, 22:37)

    What a beautiful church -and a real treat to see the wildflowers coming out around the church.

    Thank you to everyone involved with caring for this real gem!

  4. Alan Grove (08 Jul 2013, 10:36)

    A very picturesque church with its many building materials set against an open country background. We were grateful to keyholder Mike who took the trouble to come and let us in and provided us with information on the many interesting features. Two that I noted were the unusual Hatchment with people portrayed and the numbering of pew benches as well as boxes.

    The grave of Viscount Alanbrooke of Second World War fame is in the graveyard.

  5. Malcolm Dunn (05 Oct 2013, 11:50)

    Dear Sirs

    Could you please let me know if Battle of Britain airman Flt Ltn John Alexander Kent is buried in the church yard. I believe he died on 07.10.85

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Community information for St Mary's Church, Hartley Wintney 

 

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

About the Friends of Hartley Wintney Church

Contact: Jean Amos

Telephone: 01252 845505

Who did they think they were? A Friends of St Mary's project

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, Hartley Wintney, 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.