St Mary's Church, Itchen Stoke, Hampshire

Address: Itchen Stoke, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0QU
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Open daily from 10.00am - 4.00pm
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A jewel inspired by the chapel of French kings

St Mary's was built in 1866, by Henry Conybeare for his brother who was the Rector of the church, and felt the previous church was cold and damp.

He himself bore most of the cost, with the parishioners contributing £50 towards the cost of the windows, as a mark of their regard for him.

This dazzling and colourful Victorian jewel of a church overwhelms the senses -it is a truly exhilarating building, tall and imposing, especially as you approach it up a steep path from the road.

Its design is clearly inspired by the soaring elegance of the 13th-century Sainte Chapelle in Paris, chapel of French kings.

The church is a dazzling kaleidoscopic wonderland of pattern and colour...

  • The roof is richly painted
  • The font is inlaid with a variety of marble
  • The floor near the altar is decorated with sparkling tiles laid out in the form of a maze
  • The pulpit has five panels filled with scrollwork and foliage in cast iron (the same design is repeated on the ends of the pews).
  • Best of all however is the stained glass, especially in the west window. The elegant arched windows contain small pieces of clear red, blue and green glass arranged in geometrical patterns.

Try to visit on a sunny day, when the church is bathed in gloriously coloured light - an unforgettable sight.

Two memorial brasses remain from the previous medieval church.

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Road directions

6 miles east of Winchester, on B3047; 1.5 miles from Alresford

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Winchester (5.3 miles). Bus route number 64.

OS Reference No.

SU 559 323

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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. Philip (11 Aug 2011, 11:46)

    A unique church to visit, the architecture is stunning in such a remote place. The labyrinth has so much meaning when the altar is situated in the centre.

  2. Gary Shield (22 Sep 2011, 11:57)

    An amazing gem of a church. The amount of light from the stunning stained glass windows makes it feel so alive. I've described it as having the feel of a mini cathedral.

  3. Christine Wheway (14 Aug 2012, 21:33)

    August 7th 2012 I interred my sister with her husband George Plucknett, formerly of West House Itchen Stoke. ,together with my husband Martin Wheway. I am so happy that they are now at rest in a peaceful corner of an English country churchard
    . We have all loved this spot for many years and I delight still in visiting the service twice a year.-

  4. Elizabeth C (21 Apr 2013, 21:44)

    Such a delightful church and when you enter this lovely church you are greeted with beautiful light from the stained glass windows. It is lovely welcoming church and so peaceful. Lovely.

  5. Amanda and Ian Findlay (01 Sep 2013, 22:12)

    After visiting last week, we were lucky enough to find out that there would be an Evensong service held on the 1st September. Not having attended one in St Mary's before, we came back just a week later to join in.
    As promised, the acoustics were very good, and the service was well attended with over 40 people present in the congregation. Sunshine was still coming through the colourful windows, making the interior glow with colour from time to time.
    The flowers at the entrance and on the altar, along with the lit candles gave a wonderful atmosphere.
    Found out too that the organ, is in fact a harmonium, and requires much more effort to play.
    The next service will be sometime toward June next year and apparently they would usually have a choir at this midsummer one, so one for the diary I think.
    Really glad we made the return visit, and that the church is still used for services from time to time.
    Thank you to everyone involved for such a special evening.

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St Mary's Church, Itchen Stoke, 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 a steep path that has a handrail. Wheelchair access is possible via the vestry by arrangement.

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.