Sunday, 25 May 2014

All Saints Little Sombourne

All Saints in Little Somborne dates back to Saxon times and was recorded in the Domesday Book. I probably would not have gone to the church had it not been for finding out the Tommy Sopwith was buried  here. It was a spur of the moment thing when I walked to the Hamlet after seeing where it was on the map, after I wished I had taken the car. It was one of the quickest look rounds I have done yet.

The photos were taken back in 2012 and done without a tripod so forgive quality as some are a little out of focus.

 The south side of the church

This is the north side which is very similar to the south
The chancel end, you can make out the old chancel arch on the wall
 Inside is very simple and remember back in Saxon times there would have been no pews
 The Altar as you see is very simple and behind you can see the blocked off chancel

Above a shaky shot of the font and one of the graves in the church

These are a couple of the older features of the church apart from the flowers

View down the church from the Altar and one of the roof beams

Outside the churhyard is small with few headstones

Though I did find a more recent one

And Tommy Sopwith who's grave I came to see

Looking across some of the headstones by the church from the southwest end

 The church is now looked after by the  Church Consevation Trust so if you happen to be passing stop off and spend a few moments looking round


  1. That's quite a humble looking place. The history is quite interesting.

  2. Hi, This is the church setting that I always hope to find. Thanks for sharing. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  3. What a wonderful little place. Thank you for linking up with Cemetery Sunday.

    Beneath Thy Feet

  4. looks so tiny from the outside. sorry for the late comment. i've been out of town. take care. ( :

  5. "My Grave Place" has been included in Sites To See #373. Be assured that I hope this helps to point many new visitors in your direction.

  6. I love these old churches. The one where my grandparents are buried has a tower that is very ancient, I read possibly from the 11th century.

  7. I missed a couple of your posts lately Bill. But I enjoyed reading them ;-)

    Hope you'll have a great weekend!