Lyndhurst Church, Hampshire

A church has stood on this site for centuries, but the current building dates to between 1858 and 1859 when William White’s Gothic design was constructed. The previous churches have left no real trace, although the church does stand on a prehistoric man made mound of uncertain origins.

The glory of the church is not so much the architecture which is effective but unspectacular, but more the interior fitments which include works by Kempe, Clayton and Bell, Burne-Jones, Rossetti, William Morris and Frederick Leighton who large fresco was donated by him for the cost of materials only.

The church is also a place of literary pilgrimage as it is here that Alice Hargreaves is buried – she was the model for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. She lived in Lyndhurst much of her life and her two sons have a monument in the Baptistry – they were killed within a week of each other during the First World War.

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