| Completely unrestored, this new
Forest church stands a little way from the village, its core being 13th C. A
Georgian brick tower was then added, and the South transept contains two
Squire's pews complete with fireplaces, which open into the church like theatre
There is a three-decker pulpit and box pews, 18th C. north and
west galleries, and a further upper west gallery was constructed in 1818. There
are dormer windows to light these galleries.
In the churchyard on the
south side of the church is a tombstone with a carved serpent above the
|To the memory of Thomas Maynard who departed this life July 9th 1817
aged 27 years. The Band of Musicians of the South Hants Yeomanry (of which He
was a Member) in testimony of their esteem caused this stone to be
description of the church
The church mentioned in The Doomsday Book had been a site of Christian worship since at least Saxon times and the building contains architecture and furnishings that reflect its history.
The present building, including the doorway, dates from the 12th century with a
remodelled Norman chancel arch from two centuries later.
and other fittings
The pews are made from forest oak and date back to the 17th century. `Private' pews built by local notable families on the north side resemble small sitting rooms with a fireplace each and the north transept was enlarged in the 19th century to accommodate all the Minstead estate workers, and the patron and his family.
The three-Decker pulpit dates from the 17th century, with woodwork from an even earlier age. It reflects the hierarchical traditions of that society with the parish clerk answering the
'Amens' in the lowest section the reader, and the preacher appearing in ascending order.
The two galleries date from the 18th century, one built to accommodate the musician and a second for the children of the school in 1818 , with the present bell tower being added some 50 years earlier,
and the bells dating from the 15th century.
Both Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his wife are buried in the churchyard.
[With thanks to the Parish web
site, from which this information was taken, as also the first and
Dove's reference for the bells:
Minstead, Hants, All Saints, 5, 7-0-20 in A.
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Daily 10 am - 5 pm
9.45 am Parish Eucharist
6.00pm Sung Evensong
8 am Holy Communion
9.45 am Family Service
Wednesday after the first Sunday
11.15am Holy Communion
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site at http://www.newforestparishes.com/minstead.shtml
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