As I said in the Blog the church was something I saw from afar as I drove down the A272 in Hampshire. I took so many pictures of this now redundant but still extraordinary building. Driving around looking for the spire proved harder than I thought, and after driving past it on one occasion I eventually found it, it is stunning.
The Church of the Holy Trinity, Privett, is a redundant Anglican church in the parish of Froxfield, Hampshire. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
In 1863, William Nicholson of the firm of J&W Nicholson & Co, gin distillers, bought the nearby estate of Basing Park. Many of the buildings in Privett (now a conservation area) were built by him for workers on his estate, and the Church of the Holy Trinity was also built at his expense. It was designed by Sir A W Blomfield and built between 1876 – 1878.
A Chapel of the Holy Trinity at Privett was first recorded in 1391, but any remaining evidence of it disappeared when the present church was built on the same site. The size of the new church far outstripped the requirements of the small rural parish, and it eventually became redundant in the 1970s.
The church, in Gothic Revival (Early English) style, is built of flint with Bath Stone dressings. The chancel has north and south chapels or transepts, while the nave has four bays with aisles and clerestory, and a porch to the north. The tower, with broach spire, gargoyles, buttresses and three tiers of lucarnes, is 160 feet (48.8 m) high and forms a prominent landmark.
The nave has four-bay arcades, a lofty tower arch, a square font on pillars with stiff-leaf carving, a round stone pulpit and an intricate wrought iron lectern. The chancel is sumptuously appointed with a mosaic floor, sedilia and reredos with arcading.