Visit: Hampshire and Dorset Churches
- Various locations in Hampshire and Dorset |
This year's 'Church Crawl' will take in some of the country's greatest non-cathedral churches. Breamore is one the best Saxon churches in the country, complete with an almost unique set of hatchments of one family.
Romsey Abbey, founded for a princess in 907 and hardly altered after the Black Death when the community was almost wiped out, is one of the most complete Norman churches to be found. It is adorned with a great Saxon rood and contains many idiosyncratic features and treasures from all ages, right up to the tomb of Mountbatten.
Christchurch Priory at 310 feet is now the longest parish church in the country. It runs from the great Norman nave to the early 16th century Great Quire (with its intensely moving Jesse screen) and Lady Chapel. There will be a chance to climb up to the inside of the nave roof, where a second-hand timber frame of superb 14th century carpentry sits above the present vault.