St Stephen's Baughurst
St. Stephen's in the largest of the churches in the benefice. Originally the church seated 200, but remodelling and the construction of the kitchen have both reduced seating to about 150. If you are planning a large wedding you would be well advised to count seats at an early stage.
The church was rebuilt in the early Gothic style in 1845 by the architect Benjamin Ferrey. The east windows and rose window are very fine with intense vibrant colours. The tower has an octagonal top stage and spire and features a peal of six bells. There is a 400 year old yew tree in the grounds. Jane Austen visited the parish in 1807 and said of the Rector, the Reverend Mr Dyson and his wife, "Mr Dyson as usual looked wild and Mrs Dyson as usual looked big." She did not think Baughurst as pretty as she had expected and said of the Rectory that it "seemed to have all the comforts of little children, dirt and litter".
St Stephens is a very popular church for weddings.
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