St. John the Baptist, North Baddesley, Southampton
An ancient church which has stood on a hill for over a thousand years, providing a peaceful haven away from the villages that surround it with stunning views over the Hampshire countryside. In 1304 the Knights Hospitallers acquired the church with the right to appoint the incumbent and in 1348 North Baddesley became the headquarters of the Knights Hospitallers (Order of the Knights of St. Johns), remaining there until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. There is an impressive Hospitallers tomb in the church by the left of the altar. As is common the church has been repeatedly amended and rebuilt over the years. In 1986 major re-furbishment took place and the nave roof was impressively decorated in the medieval style. On entering the church you will see in front of you a stained glass window, designed and made by Sophie Hacker clearly showing Christ's scarred hand in it. This is a pilgrim church steeped in history and prayer. In November 2018 to commemorate 100 yrs since the ending of WW1, the church put on a spectacular poppy cascade with over 4,000 knitted and crocheted poppies and received local and international recognition. It has become known by many as 'The Poppy Church'!
Standard opening times: Weekends only 10-3 pm (winter) and 10-4 pm (summer) - when volunteers are available. If making a special journey please check.
Services: On the 5th Sunday of the month there is usually a service at 9.30 am when the congregations from the other churches in the benefice join together for worship.
Flaxford Road, North Baddesley, Southampton, Hampshire, SO52 9DF, United Kingdom
Grid reference: SU 40258 20862
From Southampton - take Botley Road (A27) into North Baddesley; turn right at the crossroads (Nutburn Road) and follow round to Flexford Road. The church is on the left.
From Romsey - as above but turn left at the traffic lights.
There is a step in to the church but wheelchair ramp available. Unfortunately there are no toilet facilities. Beadles Tea Rooms in the village is open on weekdays, (and has toilets) and there are more facilities in Romsey (4 miles away). The nearest B & B is Wrens Farm Guest House, about 1 mile away.
Sally Kerson - The Companions of St John's,
All Saints Church
Tel: 02380 737617