Churches - Gary Cook

Church of St Michael & All Angels.

This quiet little church sits on a small mound overlooking the river Avon as it winds its way through the little village of Sopley, in the county of Hampshire in southern England. Parts of the church date back to the 11th century when it was endowed by Earl Godwin in 1050, although the church is built on the site of a much older Saxon church originating in the Dark Ages. Most of the present construction comes from the 13th century, and is built from Ironstone and Binstead stone. Interestingly, the mound on which the church is built is extremely old and archeologists have suggested that it may have been the site of a pagan temple, thousands of years old.
Today, the church is wonderfully peaceful. Chickens from local smallholdings wonder among the ancient gravestones and swallows skim the shallows of the passing river Avon.