Hurstbourne Tarrant,  Hampshire  -  St Peter Church
13th 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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Of flint, low, with a C17 clerestory and a three-stage, weatherboarded bell-turret with broach-spire (15th century). ... The aisle walls look c.1300. On the N side a fine three-light window with cusped intersecting tracery. ...

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The church has a Late Norman S doorway with one order of columns, their capitals just turning stiff-leaf, the arch pointed, with a slight chamfer and zigzag at r. angles to the wall. At the start and end of the arch monster-heads, one of them a beakhead biting in the wrong direction. ...

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The arcades must be of about 1230. Three bays, round piers, round abaci, double-chamfered arches. ... 
Paintings. In the N aisle the three Quick and the three Dead, early C14, and uncommonly well recognizable and unrestored and hence enjoyable. To the l. of this traces of a Wheel of the Seven Deadly S. Also areas of all-over ornament.

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Monument. Sarah Debary died 1823, by W.Gibbs of Basingstoke. Standing Woman by a sarcophagus. The attitude is unhackneyed.

Jane Austen connection




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