St Mary’s Church, Breamore

The late Anglo-Saxon church at Breamore is an historically important building comprising the nave, low central tower, flanking porticus, (transeptal chapels. The church is complete except for the chancel and north porticus.

Highlights of the church include the south porticus arch with its inscription “HER SWUTELATH SEO GECWYDRAEDNES THE” which translates as “Here is manifested the covenant unto thee”. The form of the letters suggest that the inscription was carved around the second decade of the eleventh century.

Inside the twelfth century porch, over the south door is a late Saxon carved rood. This was originally in high relief, but has been cut back close to the face of the wall.

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