St Nicholas' Church, Freefolk, Hampshire
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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 from the thirteenth century and the windows and chancel screen from the fifteenth. 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 seventeenth-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 monument would have once sat in the middle of the wallpainting monument, an early eighteenth-century reredos, two hatchments and a Royal Arms of 1701 and a pretty bell turret.
Stunningly detailed medieval wall paintings
A strangely beautiful church
Only a chancel remaining
Access is from the private lane to adjacent houses across a level grass churchyard (CCT vested)and there is a step at the door. There is also limited parking.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
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
Nearest railway station: Whitchurch (3 miles)
History & Further 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 churchHampshire, Sussex & Surrey County Guide
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.St Nicholas, Freefolk Guidebook
A driving trail of four historic Hampshire churches and three local landmarks, all with a connection to gin.
Community information forSt Nicholas' Church, Freefolk
All our Hampshire churches are in CCT's West region.
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