St Nicholas' Church, Freefolk, Hampshire

Address: Freefolk, Laverstoke, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7NW
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A church where churches have stood before

There have been churches on this site for centuries - the Domesday Book mentions a church here, but the walls and roof of the current building are 13th-century and the windows and chancel screen are 15th. The interior was remodelled in 1703 and its character today comes largely from that period.

The church has an early fifteenth century wallpainting of St Christopher partly covered by a Stuart Royal Arms,  and a colourful, magnificent 17th-century wallpainting monument to Sir Richard Powlett, with an image of Time and Death on either side.

There is also a colourful and intricately carved Jacobean monument to Sir Richard Powlett, who died in 1614 - the monumnet would have once sat in the middle of the wallpainting monument, an early 18th-century reredos, two hatchments and a Royal Arms of 1701 and a pretty bell turret.

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Road directions

Signposted off B3400 in the village of Laverstoke 2 miles east of Whitchurch; turning into tarmaced road almost opposite Laverstoke Church close to river bridge

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Whitchurch (3 miles)

OS Reference No.

SU 488 486

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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, 17:44)

    Lovely setting by the river with the longest thatched property in England in the village.Such an evocative church with its interesting internal features, it oozes history.

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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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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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St Nicholas' Church, Freefolk, 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

The churchyard has a flat grassy path.

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.