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St Michael, Bullington, Hampshire

(51°10′5″N, 1°21′2″W)
SU 455 412
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Hampshire
now Hampshire
  • Ron Baxter
06 April 2006

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Feature Sets

Bullington is in rolling woodland and sheep pasture in central Hampshire, 7 miles N of Winchester, and is one of a chain of villages than runs along the valley of the river Dever, many of which form the present benefice. This dispersed village runs for a mile along the river, with Lower Bullington to the W and Upper Bullington to the E. 1 mile N of the village is the Iron Age hillfort of Tidbury Ring. The A34 trunk road runs from N to S between the two, and the A303 from E to W, the two intersecting immediately N of the village. The church is in Lower Bullington, in wooded pasture land on the S bank of the river Dever.

It consists of a flint nave and chancel in one, with a 19thc neo-Romanesque S nave doorway set under a flint and timber 19thc porch and a blocked 12thc N nave doorway without a porch. There are plain 12thc lancets on the lateral walls of the nave towards the W end. The 13thc chancel has a N vestry and the church has a W tower of brick with a tiled pyramid roof. There was a restoration in 1871 and Pevsner suggests that the tower may date from that time. The only Romanesque feature recorded here is the N nave doorway.


Bullington was held by the Benedictine nunnery of Wherwell before and after the Conquest. It was assessed at 10 hides and the 1086 entry notes a mill but does not record a church. The manor was held by Wherwell until the Dissolution.


Exterior Features



Similar chamfer stops in hollow chamfered jambs are found on the S chancel doorway at Longparish, nearby.


N. Pevsner and D. Lloyd, The Buildings of England. Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Harmondsworth 1967, 149.

Victoria County History: Hampshire. II (1973), 132-37.

Victoria County History: Hampshire. IV(1911).