Farringdon,  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 nave has two good Perp windows separated by a brick porch with a pedimented entrance of 1634 and C18 sides. The chancel, in the opinion of the Rev. Basil Clarke, by Woodyer (1856). ... 

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C13 W tower with lancets below and most unusual bell-openings in the form of small pointed quatrefoils. The arch towards the nave has one continuous chamfer.

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The inside of the church is strong stuff. N arcade of three exceedingly wide bays with completely unmoulded round arches. The W bay consists of two Norman responds, semicircular, with multi-scallop capitals and square abaci. ... The responds are far too far from each other to make sense about 1200. The E respond was a little later converted into a round pier by adding a W respond for the next two bays, which are, with their plainly moulded capitals and round abaci, a little later. The VCH (Victoria County History) has no explanation. Must one assume that some time, say in the C17, the arcade showed signs of failing, that two piers or maybe one was removed and the arches made so absurdly wide?  

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Font. The stem is a strange C13 capital or rather a block carved into four capitals. What did it belong to?

Gilbert White, the naturalist, was curate here from 1760-1785.

Massey's Folly (Village Hall) in Farringdon



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