Hampshire churches are a reminder of our heritage

A picture from the 1950s of the View over East Meon with All Saints Church in the Foreground.
A picture from the 1950s of the View over East Meon with All Saints Church in the Foreground.
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Hampshire and Sussex villages seem almost unchanging, though with the developments in planning many villages are under threat.

One set of buildings that never change, I am glad to say, are the churches.

One set of buildings that never change, I am glad to say, are the churches.

We have such a rich history all around us with churches up to a thousand years old in some places.

To walk where someone else did over many hundreds of years is something which the population of so many countries cannot do – Canada and North America for instance.

I said to a friend of mine from New Zealand when visiting Idsworth Chapel near Rowlands Castle ‘Do you realise this church had been standing for 700 years before New Zealand had been found?’

He was quite astounded.

This is a view above East Meon just west of Petersfield taken in the 1950s. There is little change even today and All Saints Church, built between years 1075 and 1150, remains much the same.

That’s at least 900 years old – marvellous isn’t it.