Church of St John the Baptist, Upper Eldon, Hampshire

Upper Eldon, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6QN
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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.