Down The Track – Interesting Places
Itchen Stoke Church
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St Mary's Church, Itchen Stoke is a redundant Anglican church in the parish of Itchen Stoke and Ovington.
It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
The church was designed by Henry Conybeare, the brother of its rector, in French Gothic style, and was based on La Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.
Along the sides of the church are four sets of three tall lancet windows, and at the west end is a rose window.
The interior is highly decorated, with a painted roof, a tiled floor, a font inlaid with different types of marble, and brightly coloured stained glass in the windows.
Itchen Stoke Church taken from the roof
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The Church of England parish church of St Mary and St Michael dates mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries.
According to the church's guidebook, the Norman nave and chancel may have been added to a small Saxon church to form the north aisle of an enlarged church.
The church stands in a field just to the east of the village.