SU7856 : Elvetham - Church of St Mary (deconsecrated)

taken 2 years ago, near to Hartfordbridge, Hampshire, England

Elvetham - Church of St Mary (deconsecrated)
Elvetham - Church of St Mary (deconsecrated)
The Church of St Mary is adjacent to SU7856 : Elvetham - Northeastern aspect in Elvetham Park. When first deconsecrated it was converted to a squash court, but is now just used as a store.
The spire is adorned with some remarkable angels and winged beasts. See SU7856 : Elvetham - Church of St Mary - Angels and buttresses and SU7856 : Elvetham - Church of St Mary - Carved stone angel
See shared description below and associated photos.

Elvetham dates back to Saxon times around 800AD but any traces of this early history have been obscured by later development. The enormous sprawling edifice seen today dates from 1859-62 when it was rebuilt to the High Victorian Gothic design of architact Samuel Sanders Teulon LinkExternal link for Fredrick Gough, 4th Lord Calthorpe of Elvetham.
But Elvetham's history spans all the centuries between having several 'haydays' notably in the (first) Elizabethan era when the queen visited and was entertained by Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford, at which time she planted an oak tree that still survives after over 400 years.
There is a good comprehensive history of the site at the hotel's 'History' page, here LinkExternal link
The building is now used as a country hotel and for weddings and other functions - see the hotel's website here LinkExternal link
It is EH Grade II* listed LinkExternal link
Its stables are Grade II listed LinkExternal link
As is the (now deconsecrated) church of St Mary in its grounds: LinkExternal link
And the War Memorial in the churchyard: LinkExternal link
All the buildings lie within a Grade II listed park: LinkExternal link

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Geographical Context: Historic sites and artefacts Religious sites Place: Elvetham Primary Subject: Church
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Date Taken
Thursday, 2 June, 2022   (more nearby)
Sunday, 5 June, 2022
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 7826 5640 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:18.0812N 0:52.7290W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 7823 5641
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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