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All Saints' Church, Fawley
All Saints' Church Fawley Hampshire.jpg
The Parish Church of All Saints', Fawley
Map showing location within Hampshire
Map showing location within Hampshire
All Saints' Church, Fawley
Location in Hampshire
50°49′47″N 1°21′14″W / 50.8296986°N 1.3538568°W / 50.8296986; -1.3538568
Location Fawley, Hampshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Parish of Fawley (Hampshire)
History
Status Parish church
Founded 12th century
Dedication All Saints
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Listed building – Grade I
Architectural type Church
Style Norman
Specifications
Materials Stone with tiled roof
Administration
Parish Fawley (Hampshire)
Deanery Lyndhurst
Archdeaconry Bournemouth
Diocese Winchester
Province Canterbury
Clergy
Bishop(s) Bishop of Southampton
Vicar(s) Caroline Baston

All Saints' Church is the parish church for Fawley in the county of Hampshire. It is one of the three original medieval parish churches along the area to the west of Southampton Water know locally as the Waterside.

History

The current building dates from the twelfth century and appears to been built over two periods, 1170–1210 and 1300–1340. There is reference to an earlier church, likely to be on this site, dating from 971 and possibly some parts were reused in the current building

The oldest part of the church is St Nicholas's Chapel, and there is conjecture this was also the original dedication of the church.

Bombing in World War 2

Fawley Church Bomb Damage
Fawley church showing bomb damage in the winter of 1950

The church was bombed in 1940 and was badly damaged losing all of its medieval stained glass. It wasn't until 1954 before the church was repaired and reconsecrated.

There is a plaque in the church dedicated to the rector who helped in the restoration and re-dedication of the church.

The plaque reads:

In memory of The Revd. John Mearing rector 1947-1960 by whose inspiration this church was restored and re-dedicated 12. September 1954 after severe damage by enemy action 23. November 1940

In the west window of St Nicholas's chapel there is a collage made from recovered stained glass.

Tombs & Memorials

Flight Lieutenant Samuel Kinkead

Samuel Kinkead was a South African fighter ace from the First World War and Schneider Trophy pilot who died whilst attempting to break the airspeed record in 1928.

Bells

The church now has six bells dating from 1603. The four earlier bells were rehung and augmented in 1909 with two extra trebles

Bells of All Saints' Fawley
Bell Weight Note Date Inscription Bell Founder
Treble 4cwt. 0qtr. 26lbs. F 1909 John Warner & Sons
2 4cwt. 2qtr. 6lbs. E 1909 John Warner & Sons
3 4cwt. 3qtr. 26lbs D 1867 John Warner & Sons
4 5cwt. 3qtr. 16lbs C 1603 Give God the glory R B (of Hants)
5 7cwt. 3qtr. 8lbs B 1677 Robert (?Richard?) Florey
6 6cwt. 3qtr. 16lbs. A 1737 Joshua Kipling

All weights provided by Robert Parker (Bellhanger) in August 2007, when the bells were rehung.

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