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Little Somborne, All Saints’ church

Exterior view of church

This small, remote church is almost certainly one of the two churches in Somborne mentioned in Domesday. It has plastered flint walls with a small wooden bell-turret. It retains a number of Late Saxon features including the characteristic lesene or pilaster strip and a double-splayed window on the north wall, and re-used long and short work on the quoins of the west wall. The nave was extended c1170 and a chancel added, although this was demolished in the 17th c. In the north wall is a blocked opening for a tiny 13th c anchorite cell, later used as an Easter Sepulchre. Further windows were added in the 13th c. Some restoration was carried out in the 19th c, but by the 1960s its use had declined and the church was declared redundant. It has been under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust since 1975. A detailed church plan and description can be found in the CCT guidebook.

Download the full pdf report (2.3 mb) with images of the graffiti recorded.


  • Aldous Rees and Kirsty Rodwell, October 2016
  • Karen Parker and Karen Wardley, 15th September 2020
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