St Peter, North Hayling, Hampshire

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Feature Sets (3)


The church has a 13thc chancel with some alarming post-medieval buttresses stopping it falling out into the road, and an aisled nave roofed in a single span. The wooden bellcote and shingled spirelet is over the E end of the nave, likely a nod to the crossing tower at the mother church of the island, South Hayling. The S arcade appears to be Early English of the 13thc, but the capitals of the N arcade are the latest Romanesque of the late 12thc.


The Domesday Book considers the villages of North and South Hayling under the same entry, and the church is not mentioned in the 1291 Taxatio. In 1304 there were several petitions to the Bishop of Winchester that the rector of South Hayling celebrate in the "chapel of St Peter, Northwood", showing that it was a dependent chapel.


Interior Features



N arcade

The N arcade is the more elaborate and likely earlier. The capitals are formed of a roll for the necking, and short curved bell, and then a large square abacus. The first pier from the E (later thickened to support the faux-crossing tower) is rather roughly carved with simple leaves: spade shapes on short stalks. The next two columns have simple trefoil leaves at the four corners of the capital.




The font is an entirely plain tub font, tapering slightly to the base, with an incised rim at the top. The bowl sits on what might be a later base, and the whole thing is set on wide plinth of cut stone.

Depth of bowl 25 cm (approx.)
Diameter of bowl 72 cm
Height of bowl 52 cm
Height (total) 71 cm


The Buildings of England gives the font a date of "C13" but it is just as likely to be 12thc Romanesque.


Nave from SW
Chancel from S
Chancel from E
Chancel from S
Church from NE
N transept from E
Nave from N
Chancel interior to E
Chancel interior S
Chancel interior N


Site Location
North Hayling
National Grid Reference
SU 731 036 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Hampshire
now: Hampshire
now: Portsmouth
medieval: Winchester
medieval: St Peter
now: St Peter
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
James Cameron 
Visit Date
17 Aug 2018