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St Mary, Swaythling, Hampshire

(50°55′9″N, 1°23′48″W)
SU 425 135
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Hampshire
now Southampton
  • James Cameron
18 Aug 2018

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The church is a simple two-cell plan, altered by two large 19thc transepts, the N of which has some medieval precedent. There is the usual late medieval W tower which now acts as a porch. The church has a Romanesque font and a fine late Romanesque/Early Gothic chancel arch.


This is the parish church of the parish of South Stoneham, although it is in the village of Swaythling just over the river from it. South Stoneham is recorded in the Domesday Book as being part of the lands of the Bishop of Winchester, and that are 3 churches in the area. The church does not appear in the 1291 Taxatio but in the Valor Ecclesiasticus of 1535 it is described as an appropriation of St Mary, Southampton, and both churches as being peculiars of the bishop.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




W. Page ed., A History of the County of Hampshire: Vol. 3, Victoria County History, London 1908, 481-489.


N. Pevsner and D. Lloyd, The Buildings of England: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Harmondsworth 1967, 573.