Church of St John the Baptist, Upper Eldon, Hampshire
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A nineteenth-century cow shed!
Built in the twelfth century, this tiny, elegant church stands barn-like in the attractive grounds of fifteenth-century Eldon House.
Its unassuming and simple exterior belies its history of near ruin and repair over the centuries. It was substantially restored in 1729 to save it from collapse, and then again in the 1860s and in 1975. In the nineteenth-century, it was used as a cowshed!
There are traces of nine consecration crosses from its original construction, each stone bearing a circle enclosing five holes which held long vanished metal crosses.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
Echoes of a long ago fortified past
Approached along a flat drive and lawn of the adjacent Eldon House. Limited parking at the side of the lane. No steps.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
4 miles south of Stockbridge, off A3057; in private garden, access to church only
Nearest railway station: Dunbridge (3.1 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out about this church 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 churchHampshire, Sussex & Surrey County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Hampshire, Sussex & Surrey. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
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