St Michael & all angels church, eastwell
St Michael &All Angels is a mediaeval Grade 2* listed building which has been described by a famous historian as "utterly delightful both outside and in" and as having "one of the most appealing country interiors in the East Midlands". Another historian who visited the church used the words: "a gem of a church for church crawlers". It has a large open churchyard surrounded on all sides by land originally owned by the Belvoir Estate.
It was built in the 12th/13th centuries of local ironstone, and has an almost tangible atmosphere - particularly in the chancel. Building would have started shortly after William II died (was murdered?) in the New Forest in 1100, and was probably in full swing when Thomas a Beckett was murdered, while Robin Hood roamed Sherwood Forest, and when Richard I was killed.
It has seen the Black Death in 1348, Richard III killed at Bosworth in 1485, the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, the Plague in 1665 and the Great Fire of London in 1666, the Civil War 1642-1651 and Charles I executed in 1649
... and throughout it all (and the 370 years since), Eastwell church has stood - not always entirely unaffected by all the turmoil - as a haven of peace and prayer, for villager and visitor alike.
If only its walls could speak, there'd be no need for history lessons.
..... and how much future history (probably an oxymoron) will it see?
Will it still be standing after another 900 years -
and what will the world be like when it finally succumbs to time?
Please feel free to take a copy of the guide book