Saint Michael and All Angels
The churches in the benefice are spread in age from 11th Century to mid Victorian times and just visiting these beautiful places of worship is a delight in itself.
This lovely old church nestles in the village of Chalton opposite the Red Lion pub. A footpath runs through the churchyard and many visitors stop at the church and are delighted to find that it is always kept open.
The church was built in the late 11th or early 12th century, the design is typical early Norman. The church building is in remarkably good condition and is regularly maintained by volunteers from the church congregation.
The church has wonderful acoustics and particularly lends itself to unaccompanied singing. An annual programme of concerts, talks, afternoon teas and community events has been developed over the last few years, which have proved to be very popular
When you enter this building you will find a perfect place to sit and feel the presence of God all around. To sit in the light of the stained glass window is divine.
Saint Michael and All Angels is a parish church with a late C12 or early C13 early English chancel, nave and western tower, C14 south transept, and C19 north porch. The walls are made of flint (some plaster work in the chancel) with stone quoins. There are stepped buttresses to the chancel, brick quoins to the upper part of the tower.
It has a plain tile roof. The plain tower has a low crenelated parapet, a small pyramid roof, and small openings; a wide plain doorway, now filled, was the entrance to the church. The porch has a flint and stone wall, with a pierced wooden frame above, supporting a gabled roof with decorative bargeboards.
The windows are mostly tall lancets, the south side of the nave having a coupled light with a (plate tracery) trefoil head, the north side has a coupled light of the Decorated style with reticulated tracery, repeated in the south window of the transept. In the chancel there is a low-side window beneath a filled lancet and a restored 4-light east window of Geometrical style.
Inside there are deep splays to the windows, and a cill band in the chancel, double trefoil heads to a piscina, and an aumbry cupboard. The arch to the transept has half-columns (responds) of octagonal form, and the octagonal font (C15) is placed there. Wall monuments include a kneeling figure within a Corinthian framework (Richard Ball, died 1632), two other classical monuments, of 1720 and 1829, and small monuments of 1819 and 1933.
How to find Saint Michael and All Angels
South Lane, Chalton, Waterlooville PO8 0BG