The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

A really gloomy day with British Telecom working on the cables a the time of my arrival, so my apologies for any pictures of the men or their vehicles which have got into the photographs.

I drive past this most days and have often said I would like to include this in the site, I travel miles sometimes for pictures yet fail to include what is on my doorstep, so I went out on the 15th December 2016 and have crossed this one off the list.

It is a rather nice little area of Portsmouth this, the road leads into Cosham so it can be rather busy at certain times of the day as cars make their way around the local traffic jams.

The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul is a small building with chancel, north vestry, nave and aisles, and south porch. At the west end of the nave is a wooden bell-turret replacing a small embattled west tower pulled down in 1860. Most of the modern work in this church dates from this time.

The north arcade of the nave belongs to the last quarter of the twelfth century, and is the earliest part of the church to which a date can be assigned. The south arcade was added about 1220, and the chancel was probably rebuilt about the same time. There are no traces of later enlargements of the plan, but the restoration of 1860 was drastic, and part of the history of the church doubtless disappeared at the time.

The chancel has a modern east window of three lights, replacing a three-light fifteenth-century window. In the north wall is a recess with shafts in the jambs, a door to the vestry, and an arch to the organ-chamber, all being modern, and in the south wall a lancet window, the stonework of which has been renewed, and a modern window of two lights replacing a single-light opening. At the east end of this wall is a square recess, and to the west of it a cinquefoiled fifteenth-century piscina and two thirteenth-century sedilia, with arched heads, and shafts with moulded capitals and bases.

The chancel arch is modern, of two chamfered orders, the inner of which springs from corbels.

The nave is of four bays, the north arcade having pointed arches of a single order with a label of halfround section, square scalloped capitals with the angles chamfered off, and circular columns with moulded bases. The eastern arch of this arcade has an added inner order.

The south arcade has pointed arches of two hollowchamfered orders with moulded labels, and circular moulded capitals with octagonal abaci, resting on very slender round columns, only 11 in. in diameter. This arcade is very well designed, though rather a daring piece of building, the springers of the arches being no less than 12½ in. wider than the columns. No old details remain in the north aisle, and the windows of the south aisle replace square-headed windows with transoms, while the south porch is also the modern successor of a former porch. In the south aisle is, however, a late thirteenth-century piscina with a shelf, and to the west of the first window in the south wall a recess with an arched and moulded head.

All the wooden fittings of the church and the roofs are modern, the latter being covered with red tiles and carried in one span over nave and aisles. The font is modern, a round Purbeck marble bowl standing near the south doorway of the nave.

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