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Wootton Road, Monk Sherborne, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG26 5HW
Anglo-Saxon/Norman church completed about 1135 on site of earlier Saxon church. Little changed over the centuries. Village now located away from church (Black Death?)!. George Austen, elder brother of Jane, lived in a nearby house for over 60 years and is buried in an unmarked grave in the churchyard. See the chest tomb of the Biggs family (Harris Biggs-Withers proposed to Jane in 1802 in Basingstoke; she initially accepted, but soon changed her mind. Note the grotesques carved in stone in the chancel arch (Anglo-Saxon representation of evil spirits failing to gain access to the consecrated building?). There will be some limited access to the bells with their 16th century wooden bellframe (the earliest bell was cast in 1595).
Access Information: Some parking on site, additional parking 80 metres to south. The 40 metre church path is of firm gravel but is fairly steep for wheelchairs.
Directions: From the Basingstoke to Newbury road (A339) turn east at Stone Circle crossroads (signed Monk Sherborne) - narrow road with passing places - church is about one mile on the right. From Basingstoke to Tadley road (A340) turn west (usually left) onto Monk Sherborne road, bear left at War Memorial; chuch is on the left.
Collection of paintings and miniatures by Joseph Wright (174-1797), the English landscape and portrait painter from Derby. Wright is notable for his use of chiaroscuro effect, which emphasises the contrast of light and dark. The collection includes portratis of 'Robert Wilmot', 'Harvey Wilmot, 'Simon Wilmot' and 'Edward Sacheverell Wilmot'. The collection also includes the miniature of Mrs Sitwell by Jeremiah Meyer (1735-1789).
Booking Details: Maximum of 5 people per tour. To attend a tour please send requests in writing and specify intended time and date of visit. Write to: MacFarlanes LLP, 20 Cursitor Street, London, EC4A 1LT Ref: HCM.
Additional Information: Max 5 people per tour/event.
Directions: Exact location to be provided following application.
Pamber Priory Church, Ramsdell Road, Pamber End, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG26 5QS
Benedictine Priory consecrated in 1128AD for the de Port family. Visited by King Henry II and much used by King Henry III (Queen Philippa maintained accommodation here). Fell into decline in the 14th century, survived the Suppression of the Alien Monasteries Act of 1414. Given to Eton College in 1451 who then asset stripped and largely destroyed the buildings. Taken away from Eton in1464 and given to Domus Deii (which had come into the possession of The Queen's College in 1342). The remnants were restored to a condition where services could be held and it was consecrated as a church in 1474. Abandonned in 1559 but re-instated in 1564 by Order in Chancery. Regular services are still held.
Access Information: Parking is 50 metres (nearest) to 150 metres from the church. The gravel path (30 metres) is negotiable by wheelchair (with care).
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/event.
Directions: Find the Queen's College Arms on the A340 about 4 miles north of Basingstoke (Stagecoach service No.2 Basingstoke to Baughurst). Turn west (left) onto Ramsdell Road, after 300metres the road turns sharp left, after another 300metres you will find the entrance on your left. The church is then some 150metres. Plenty of parking space.
Church Square, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7QW
There will be specially mounted exhibitions in both the church (plate and vestments etc.) and Church Cottage (a time-line and postcard display) and guided tours of both buildings, including the church bell ringing chamber, explaining their history and importance. A special trail for children to follow, books, colouring in the church and activities in Church Cottage.
Directions: On the west side of the new town centre, signposted from the westward carriageway of the main road (Churchill Way) through the town centre. A short walk from the railway station and bus station.
The Vyne, Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9HL
An intimate family home, the history of the Vyne spans the centuries. From its royal beginnings in Tudor times to its place today as a intriguing retreat for you to explore, you can lose yourself in the surroundings that inspired great authors such as Jane Austen. Discover a chapel where sunlight streams in through stained-glass windows, a ring that may have inspired Tolkien or an oak gallery fit for a king. You could enjoy the view from the house in winter of the first hoarfrost or the autumnal glow of the woodland on a misty morning. Can you see yourself spending lazy summer days picnicking on a lawn that stretches to a shimmering lake? The gardens are a peaceful escape with secret picnic spots, or you can stroll by the ornamental lake. Why not take in the restored Walled Garden, now a working kitchen garden selling delicious, fresh and seasonal produce. Our brand new 'Hidden Realm' play area provides a great chance for little ones to let off some steam. Turf-covered tunnels with sound tubes, surrounded by an ‘Iron Age’ wooden fort and bridge, slide and stream that runs into a limestone-bordered sandpit – all designed to be crawled through, climbed up and slid down. There are hiding places in the form of mini bamboo jungles and a covered seating area is perfect for picnics. We also have a range of trails, quizzes and tracker packs for all ages of explorer inside and out, as well as a range of lunchtime goodies for our younger visitors.
Access Information: There is no wheelchair access to the upstairs parts of the house and there are 24 steps with no handrail. The visitor entrance of the house has photo albums for anyone unable to go upstairs. Please be aware that you may be asked to leave pushchairs at the entrance of the house as some of our doorways are narrow and the collection is fragile.
Additional Information: Please visit the website for further details.
Church Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG23 8PX
Worting House is a Grade II listed building set in extensive parkland in Basingstoke, North Hampshire. The building is now used as offices but we are happy to open a few of the rooms for public viewing and people are welcome to walk around the grounds.
Booking Details: Contact: Claire Smith Call: 01256 817640 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Information: Max 4 people per tour/event.