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Cheriton,  Hampshire  -  St Michael Church

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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 S porch entrance is C13, re-set. It prepares for the three-bay arcades, with round piers, round abaci, and double-chamfered arches dying into rounded vertical pieces. The chancel arch goes with the arcade, and the tower arch is basically C13 too.  

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Perp chancel end, with a four-light E window and a good N, a good S window, differing in design. These windows must be an alteration, unless the C13 piscina (trefoiled top) has been re-set.  

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      However, the aesthetically most satisfactory part of the church is the two mysterious blank spherical triangles with tracery l. and r. of the porch entrance. They must be early C14, and what can they have belonged to? It is said that the church was much altered after a fire in 1744. Of that time probably the flint and brick mixture of tower and parts of the aisles.

 

 

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