St Hubert's Chapel


The Chapel

North of Rowlands Castle this lovely little chapel sits serenely amid the cornfields about 200 yards from the road. It was built in 1053 by Earl Godwin of Wessex. It may well have been used as a hunting chapel by King Edward the Confessor.

Entrance by the West door under the gallery and organ loft reveals a nave filled with old boxed pews, whilst the 17th century pulpit is oddly situated half-way down the south side. On the wall alongside is a fading text from Isaiah 'Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet'.

There are early fourteenth century murals on the north wall of the chancel. The upper picture shows a hunting scene. In the centre stands St Hubert touching and curing the Lycanthrope, a legendary hermit who believed himself to be a wolf and walked on all fours. The panel below tells the story of St John the Baptist. On the left he is shown being thrown into prison, whilst the right hand scene shows Salome being given his head on a salver at Herod's feast. It is a most vivid painting which repays careful study. 

Above the nave are three tie beams. Hanging near the bell turret is a large Royal Coat of Arms of George III. An inscription alongside refers to chapel repairs done in 1793 and 1825. Under the gallery is an octagonal font dating from around 1400. Two other features of note are the original Norman light in the North wall and a blocked archway, only 21 inches wide, also in the north wall of the nave.

This information and picture come from the pages written by John Symonds for the Waterlooville's On-Line Parish Magazine. Link here.


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