Itchen Stoke, St Mary's Church
Itchen Stoke, St Mary's Church
A Victorian Gothic church modelled on St Chapelle in Paris, St Mary's is blessed with fabulous stained glass windows and a lavishly decorated interior.

When Rev Conybeare of Itchen Stoke complained to his architect brother that he found his church cold and damp, he started the ball rolling on a building project that would create a Gothic Revival building of extraordinary interior beauty for a small Victorian parish church.

The stained glass is arranged in a mix of geometric patterns which scatter vivid light across the floor. The ceiling is richly painted and the font is inlaid with multi-coloured marble tiles. The floor of the sanctuary is set with sparkling tiles to form the shape of a maze.

The most stunning feature is probably the huge west window, designed like a wheel, with eight circular windows punctuating the spokes, all filled with resplendently coloured glass. The overall effect is quite stunning, though perhaps not to everyone's taste!

The church is no longer used for regular worship and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.