Hampshire Treasures

Volume 6 ( East Hampshire)

Page 321 - Wield

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Situated about six miles west of Alton, the scattered village divided into Upper and Lower Wield. The numerous thatched cottages in the village and its situation away from main roads in the midst of much woodland makes this one of the most attractive areas in the district. There is a fine Norman church with traces of many old paintings on its walls. The church has a finely carved Norman doorway over which there is a runes dial. There is also an arcade font and a sixteenth century chalice. The church contains a splendid alabaster monument incorporating the figures of Sir William Wallop and his third wife, he in Tudor armour and she in a simple dress with lace cuffs on the sleeves. Sir William was High Sheriff of the county and three times Mayor of Southampton.

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