The church is situated between Wessex Lane and Woodmill Lane on the south side of the River Itchen between the South Stoneham fish pond and salmon pool. The earliest part of the church is the 12th century chancel. The lovely tower is (David Lloyd) late 15th or early 16th century (but pre-reformation because of the mutilated niche over the west door). The battlemented parapet is of a later date. The church was originally a chapel of ease to St. Mary's (minster) Southampton, which was traditionally the mother church of South Stoneham and of all Southampton and district. The present-day parish is very much smaller and devised purely for ecclesiastical convenience without any historical significance. It is one of the illogicalities of local history that although there is a parish of South Stoneham there has never been a village of that name. The church is Grade I listed.

St Mary's Church, South Stoneham

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Photograph, c.2010


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Further reading:
Southampton’s Historic Buildings, by R. J. Coles, p14. (HS/k)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p593. (H/i)
The Parish Church of St Mary, South Stoneham. (HS/j)


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