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Crondall,  Hampshire  -  All Saints 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.


Dscn1580-rot-levmid-sat-u1-540-u0.5t3-q60.jpg (71675 bytes) Externally the most prominent feature is the high C17 brick (east) tower with clasping buttresses and arched bell-openings. The date must be shortly after 1659, when complaints were made that the medieval crossing tower endangered the walls. So the crossing tower does not exist any longer, but its NE stair-turret remains (see right). .. Dscn1570-levmid-sat-u1-405-u0.5-q60.jpg (48767 bytes)

Dscn1567-levmid-sat-u1-540-u0.5t2-q60.jpg (67214 bytes) A walk around the outside of the church is confusing. It tells in odd places that this is a Norman church and that neo-Norman work was carried out to make it more Norman (in 1847), but the chancel as well as the clerestory and also some other details are E.E., or early C13. Norman a blocked aisle window (see above right), ... 

Dscn1568-levmid-sat-u1-540-u0.5t3-q60.jpg (75397 bytes) Dscn1569-u1-540-u0.5-q40.jpg (71045 bytes) Norman ... W doorway (ex situ) of c.1200 with a richly moulded arch and a head at the top. Dscn1572-rot-u1-540-u0.5-q50.jpg (79224 bytes) The N doorway must be nearly all of 1847.
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The interior is much more consistent ... Nave and aisles, four-bay arcades, chancel. 

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The  E bay of the nave was the crossing, and the transepts are preserved. The arches from aisles to transepts (two slight chamfers) and the details of the responds here and by the chancel arch are still entirely Norman, without transitional elements. Semicircular responds, multi-scallop capitals, square abaci. ...
Dscn1577-levmid-u1-540-u0.5-q60.jpg (61517 bytes) The clerestory windows are tall, pointed, and shafted, i.e. after 1200 Dscn1579-u1-405-u0.5-q60.jpg (47532 bytes) So is the splendid rib-vaulted chancel. Two bays, ribs with dogtooth. Crocket capitals .. Dscn1579-crp-u80.1.1.JPG (28152 bytes)
Dscn1576-crop-u1-levmid-540-u0.5-q60.jpg (74799 bytes) The chancel arch has Norman-looking responds still, but is pointed and has side by side with zigzag also dogtooth.

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