A Hidden Hampshire Church

Church of Our Lady

Church of Our Lady

The Parish Church at Warnford is situated in private parkland the former house of the estate was demolished 1958. The Church of our lady dates back to Saxon origins (much rebuilt in between 1171 & 1213) the west tower is Norman.This site is not well known, Parking is difficult but worth the effort. A short walk along a public footpath crossing the river meon  along an estate road you reach the church. Inside to the left of the alter is a grand monument to Sir Thomas Neale (died1621)  his life sized effigy and those of his two wives sit on top of the monument, Out side the church by the main door is an interesting grave stone to George Lewis showing a skeleton pointing to a fallen branch. It is said to be recording the accidental death of this local carpenter who was killed by a falling branch while cutting wood on the Sabbath.


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Behind the church is the small ruin/remains of St Johns House a 13th century aisled manor house.

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(Visits & Trips of Yesterday ) The Chattri

Many people are aware of the Brighton  Royal Pavilion and its Indian design. Due to this it was used as a Hospital in the first world war. for Indian Troops. 1.5 million Indian soldiers saw active service on the Western Front in WW1. some 12,000 were wounded. 53 of the servicemen who died in Brighton were Sikh & Hindu, respecting their religious needs they were cremated on the South Downs close to Patchham (their ashes then being then scattered in the sea).

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At the cremation site is a war memorial called The Chattri as the monument is known was unveiled in 1921 by the Prince of Wales.

Today this war memorial is well worth the walk on the Downs across farm land  to its isolated & tranquil location a good spot to reflect on what this memorial means.

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Priddy’s Hard

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Priddy’s Hard is part of Gosport opposite the Royal Naval Dockyard at Portsmouth in Hampshire, for some 200 years it was a restricted area 1st developed as a fort it later became an armaments depot (around 1777) for the Royal Navy basically a massive weapons and explosives store. Much of the site is now redeveloped as housing but some of the most interesting building are part of the explosions museum and open to the public.

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Knock Eire is a centre of international Catholic pilgrimage & prayer site. On August 21st, 1879, the Virgin Mary, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist, appeared on the gable of Knock Parish Church. This Apparition was witnessed by 15 locals , young & old. As a result, Knock became a major Irish pilgrimage site of prayer and worship. In the latter part of the 20th century Knock’s popularity increased steadily, making it one of Europe’s major Catholic Maria shrine together with Lourdes & Fatima. Today this shrine is visited by one and a half million pilgrims annually.We visited a few years ago, the short walk from the car park to the shrines, passed through what was like a little Christmas market lots of wooden shed/huts all with plastic bottles of all shapes and sizes for sale for you to fill with Holly Water which came from a bank of taps near the Cathedral.

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Bottle Bank at Knock

Bottle Bank at Knock

Signpost near car park Knock

Signpost near car park Knock

(Visits and trips of yesterday) Knock Knock what’s there

Looking Out for raiders.

A few miles from Lee on the Solent, at Meon shore is the remains of this WW2 bunker / outlook on a small sandstone cliff it is just hanging on  its foundations are starting to be exposed due to coastal erosion and I am sure it will go over the edge in the next few years. looking out on Southampton Water towards the Fawley Power Station which is also now redundant and about to be demolished.  A few years ago there were 2 of these structures but today only one remains. Picture taken November 2014.


view from bunker

view from bunker

Poppies (other than those at the Tower London)

Many communities have undertake special projects to remember the centenary of the start of the Great War. Some 4,000 poppies have been handmade and attached to railings at Prospect Park, which overlooks Southampton Water at Hythe in Hampshire for Remembrance Sunday.

I was unaware of this display until I saw it on the local news. Made the trip today down round the edge of Southampton Water to view these poppies today. Well worth the drive.Poppy 4poppysPoppy 3Poppy 1

(Visits and Trips of Yesterday) Looking out to sea, another place.

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Another Place is an iconic artwork by Antony Gormley. It is made up of some 100 cast iron figures situated across an area of sandy beach at Crosby The figures – each weighing 650 kilos – are made from casts of the artist’s own body and are shown at different stages of rising out of the sand, all of them looking out to sea, They remind me of something from Dr Who about to come to life. They are well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Into Welsh Mountains

Another wet day so a drive up the valley to Brecon and the mountain centre. Came across a ruined iron works in the  lower valley before getting into the Brecons .Now overgrown called Clydach  in was a nice short stroll between showers.

copy of picture of iron works as it was -drawing from sign at site

copy of picture of iron works as it was -drawing from sign at site

iron works today

iron works today

iron works

bridge across the river to iron works

bridge across the river to iron works

Brecon's in the rain

Brecon’s in the rain