St Peter's Church, Petersfield, Hampshire

The church is Norman, 12th C and a bit later, and with a 19th Century workover, but with much of the walls and pillars and doors remaining as they presumably must always have been, including one whole wall to the chancel – rather excellent. From outside we see a tall nave, low castellated tower, and two low aisles, also with castellations, and a porch which is apparently 19th C but absolutely fits with the older structure.

The monuments are mostly fairly modest plaques, but form a nice span from a couple of the 17th Century through to the 20th Century. We start our survey with the locally dominant Joliffe family, and two other significant families, and then revert to our normal date order:

Jolliffe family


Noble monuments to Catharine Jolliffe, d.1731, by Huskisson, and to George Jolliffe, d.1799.

Flaxman's empathetic monument to John and Eliz. Sainsbury.

Charlotte Hoper, by Robert Blore.

We also note the octagonal font, of obvious antiquity, but how old?. Also the altarpiece, a triptych with mosaic and painting of Christ and angels in lovely bluey green arts and crafts colours, conceivably by Marriott.

With thanks to the Church authorities for kind permission to include pictures from inside the church; their site is St Peter's Petersfield.

St Peter's from the Square.

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