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Bighton,  Hampshire  -  All Saints Church
12th century

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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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The church is basically 12th century with 13th century additions.
Low W tower, the upper part weatherboarded.
(Interior of tower in last picture).


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The chancel is Early Norman (early 12th century), see the one S window.


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Late C12 two-bay arcades, typically Hampshire. Short round piers, spurs on the bases, square abaci, but pointed arches with one slight chamfer. The S capitals multi-scalloped, the N capitals with trumpet-scallops developing into a wavy fringe, i.e. a little later.



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Genuine E chapels of both aisles, of the date of the arcades, but the S chapel extended later. The exterior shows an E lancet for the S aisle.



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Screen. 1899 by Comper. By the same no doubt the decoration of the roofs. it is Bodley-inspired. (Right-hand picture is south aisle roof).



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Pillar piscina. The leaf capital goes well with the N arcade.
Font. Of Purbeck marble, table type, but the sides slightly tapered. Four of the flat blank arches to each side. 



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Manor House, by the church. The facade must be of c.1675. Five bays, brick. One-bay projection with a big shaped gable and l. and r. of doorway and middle window vertically set ovals, a typical motif of that date. Raised brick quoins at the angles and the angles of the middle projection.

 

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