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Abbotts Ann, Hampshire  -  St Mary Church

1716

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Notes in italics from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd (1967)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London.



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St Mary. 1716. (Built by Thomas 'Diamond' Pitt, East India merchant and Lord Chatham's grandfather). Light brick and stone. The W tower has Victorian pinnacles. Also the easternmost of the round-arched windows have minimum Victorian tracery, just enough to make an honest church of Abbotts Ann. W doorway with a bold segmental hood, W window and bell-openings segment-headed.


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Inside, a coved ceiling and plenty of original furnishings. ... Pulpit, box pews, west gallery on sturdy Tuscan columns.


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More MAIDEN GARLANDS than in any other church. They were funerary memorials hung up at the death of maidens.
More details in the right-hand picture and at the village website.


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Rectory. Probably also of c.1716. Five bays, two storeys, chequer brick, hipped roof. The Victorian porch hides the fact that l. and r. of the original doorway were the typical narrow windows of the Queen Anne style.

 

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