Whilst many Victorian churches are rightly considered to be heavy and over-decorated, St Mary's, Itchen Stoke is a notable exception. The light delicate but colourful interior more than justifies Pevsner's description of it as "serious and impressive" and "quite a remarkable church for its date".
The current church was designed by Henry Conybere, a civil engineer and brother of the then incumbent.
It dates from 1866, and replaced an earlier one built in the 1830s. This in turn replaced the medieval church which was down by the river.
It is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Please see their official site for details of opening times, etc.