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All Saints, Thorney Hill

Location

New_forest Map

OS Ref: SZ 197 997

Last Visited: 2002

All Saints Church

All Saints Church

Hidden in the extreme south-west corner of the forest, is this little gem. I came across it, quite by accident, driving into the forest one day. I glanced across to the left, and saw this extraordinary building.

The church was built in 1906 for Lord Manners of Avon Tyrrell to commemorate the death of his daughter from cholera.

The classical design is by the architect Detmar Blow.

SE Corner

SE Corner

The lack of mature trees in the churchyard is explained on a, sadly dilapidated, plaque in the churchyard.

This states that, "during the morning of 25th January 1991 a great storm developed with winds exceeding 100 m.p.h. and by early afternoon some 145 trees, many of them over 100 years old, had been blown down in the churchyard making criss-cross piles of trunks over fourteen feet high. The memorial was also badly damaged.

War Memorial

War Memorial

Graveyard

Graveyard

"A team of local volunteers worked over seventeen consecutive weekends to clear the debris and help to restore the churchyard to a place of peace and restfulness". It then goes on to list the names of all the volunteers.

Inside the church is an important mural painted by Phoebe Traquair. It fills the whole semi-circular apse from floor to ceiling, and depicts famous characters such as William Blake and Louis Pasteur.

Public access

Please see the comments section below for details of access and services, or visit the official parish site.