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Lyndhurst, Hampshire - St Michael and All Angels Church
19th 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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St Michael and All Angels, Lyndhurst. 1858-70 by William White. Steeply above the High Street. Red brick with yellow trim and a NW steeple. Early English details, but handled wilfully. Not only does the tracery do unauthorized things, but the cross-gables also add a personal note. 


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Eastern end, from north and east. North portal.


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The interior is very large. The exposed brickwork is yellow, white, and two reds. The arches are set with bricks at an angle so as to result in a spiky edge. Piers with eight Purbeck shafts and texts round the shaft-rings. Many varieties of leaves in the capitals. The aisles have lean-to roofs and half-arches to the transepts. 


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The nave roof is decorated with life-size supporting angels, and there is plenty more figure-carving. 


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Chancel. The reredos is ... by Lord Leighton, 1864. He represented in his idealized yet so realistic figures the Wise and Foolish Virgins. ... The monument in the chancel N wall which looks like an Easter Sepulchre and might well be by White is in fact by Street and commemorates Mr & Mrs Hargreaves, who had the church built. He died in 1863.


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The east window and the south transept windows were designed by Burne-Jones. ... The stained glass by William Morris is of 1862-3. It fills the E and S transept S windows and is exquisite throughout, among the best of the firm and infinitely superior to anything done by anyone else at the time or, for that matter, by Kempe in 1903 (W window - last picture). 


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Other windows, and Pre-Raphaelite painting.

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Anne Frances Cockerell. By S.P. Cockerell Jun., 1882. She lies a little precariously on two Quattrocento brackets. Mosaic lunette behind. ...  Sir Charles P. Jennings. By Flaxman, 1798. White marble. Mourning woman leaning over a broken column. 


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The grave of Mrs Alice Hargreaves, better known as Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". She lived most of her adult life in and around Lyndhurst.


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