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St. Andews Church, Chilcomb

near Winchester
OS Explore Map 132, Grid Ref SU507279
Meeting place: At the church
Client: Private

Nestling amongst the trees on the side of Deacon Hill with sweeping views westward down the valley towards Winchester and the Cathedral, the Church remains little altered from the days of William the Conqueror.  Few Churches can rival its setting and there is a moving beauty in its simplicity.
photo Most authorities agree that there was a Church at Chilcomb before the Conquest of 1066. The architecture of the present church is early Norman with distinct traces of Saxon influence, notably in the height in proportion to the width.  The Chancel Arch is ornamented with rough dog tooth outline which suggests the work of Saxon craftsmen under the instruction of a Norman priest.
Due to the church's age the graveyard has become a haven for wild flowers and associated insects. To encourage this bio-diversity the graveyard is left to grow in the spring and early summer and then cut and raked.

Our task in July will be to cut the grass and rake up the arisings. This is a very worthy task as it will continue to improve the churches flower-rich graveyard in a beautiful setting.



Directions

Meet at 10am at the church. From the A31 take Kings Lane towards Chilcomb. At the T-junction, go left and then round the bend to the right then at the next junction follow the lane leading to the church. Look out for our yellow signs.

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