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St Simon and St Jude, Bramdean, Hampshire

(51°2′46″N, 1°7′57″W)
SU 609 278
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Hampshire
now Hampshire
  • James Cameron
16 Aug 2018

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Originally a simple two-cell church, essentially Romanesque. The medieval portions are rubble wall, rendered, and painted white, rather upset by a large Victorian S transept and vestry, with a modern 2-bay arcade. The Romanesque features are a plain N door (behind a brick porch) and a late 12thc chancel arch.


Bramdean is recorded in the Domesday Book as a medium-sized settlement with a value to the lord of £3. The rectory was assessed at £5 in 1291.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

Whether the arch was originally pointed is not clear, but the Early Gothic forms can be paralleled at nearby Swaythling, which certainly is of pointed form.


N. Pevsner and D. Lloyd, The Buildings of England: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Harmondsworth 1967, 135.

W. Page ed., A History of the County of Hampshire: Vol. 3, Victoria County History, London 1908, 45-50.