Church : St Leonards Hartley Mauditt
Church Services only May-Sept.
St Mary’s Church…near us…in the style of Hockney!
Enjoy another Waldo de los Rios piece of music while reading here..but it’s only the first 75 seconds of the track, copied three times…enjoy!
In the style of David Hockney… find on the link more of his art. I used the hockneyizer on this link to create my picture! http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/hockney.php In school we’ve tried the style of Hockney by taking profile pictures from two different angles. The pictures get cut and you arrange the strips/bits in a way you like it…it’s quite cool! Of course this hockneyizer makes it so much easier!
Image of Hockney’s mother
Let’s take the road! …I said on Friday…and we did! Literally! We had such a brilliant outing… we travelled on the highway south to Southampton and then took a turn-off to a bird sanctuary. We then decided to go on the small country roads and that’s where we got stuck…at this church! On the roadmap we saw that Jane Austen’s museum wasn’t too far from there and I suggested we go there! We travelled on really small roads, some farm roads too! we even made a u-turn on one farm! hehe… Enjoy some of the pics here…and my next post is about Jane Austen…
I could make out some of the writing here…Emily Plummer and she was the wife of the Rev.
Little did we know about this name…Hartley Mauditt House…I only read the history when I found the info and had we known that before I could have looked for mrs Mauditt’s grave at the church! We wanted to push on to Jane’s house and therefore didn’t go to the Hartley Mauditt House.
About the church:
Two miles north of Oakhanger lies St Leonard’s Church, Hartley Mauditt, which having lost its village stands isolated beside the village pond.
This was essentially a manor church, built between 1100 and 1125 by one of William the Conqueror’s knights, William de Mauditt, in a clearing in the forest. He would also have built the manor house and cleared the land for growing crops and grazing his animals, and his family and servants would have worshipped in the church.
The building is a simple nave and chancel, although originally it probably would have had an apsidal east end. The porch protects a beautifully decorated Early English doorway. Inside is the 15th century font, and in the south wall is a Norman window. The chancel arch is an early Norman horseshoe arch, and the east chancel window is Early English, the same period as the present east end which replaced the apse.
Beneath the chancel is a crypt, probably the Stuart family vault, which is entered by a doorway (now bricked up) which lies behind the pulpit.
After the de Mauditt’s, the manor passed by various families to John of Gaunt and remained Crown property until 1603. The Stuart family bought the manor in 1614 and held it for many years. Their monuments, several with colourful heraldry, are in the chancel.
In 1798 the owner preferred to live in London, but his wife wished to remain in Hartley Mauditt, so he demolished the manor house, thus forcing her to follow him. She is buried in the churchyard, so her heart at least did in the end return.
The destruction of the manor meant loss of employment, and the village was abandoned. The church was restored in 1854 and 1904, the last when the bell turret was renewed. Today the church is well preserved and beautifully maintained. Source: http://www.johnowensmith.co.uk/churches/hmaudi.htm
Hartley Mauditt: St Leonard
And does the phantom coach and horses drive through Hartley Mauditt pond?
— my silent stones won’t tell.
And where have workers’ hamlet houses gathered round about me gone?
— in troubled times they fell.
So now I stand alone to stay
where lord and manor once held sway,
— a core without a shell.
See on this link….http://www.johnowensmith.co.uk/churches/churindx.htm#list… more churches in the East Hampshire district.