Churches

Colbury church

Many of the New Forest churches have fascinating historical, artistic and literary associations.Historic churches trust logo

Well-known and very influential national architects gained commissions to design local churches for growing populations, such as Butterfield at Emery Down, Romaine-Walker at Brockenhurst, and the exuberant and colourful parish church in Lyndhurst by William White (1860s).

There are seven medieval churches in the New Forest which often started as chapels attached to the local manor. Some have been replaced with later churches and many new ones were built to serve the increased population and different denominations, particularly in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

Find out more in our leaflet detailing the churches in Boldre, Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst and Minstead.


The churches at Copythorne, Netley Marsh, Marchwood and Colbury were all built in the 19th century to serve the historic and vast parish of Eling. The medieval church at Eling was far too small to serve the increasing population and the area was subdivided into a series of smaller parishes with their own churches in a range of distinctively different gothic styles. Eling church was saved from total demolition and rebuilding that was initially proposed. Instead the south aisle of Eling church was enlarged and rebuilt as part of a major relatively sympathetic restoration.

Find out more in our leaflet detailing the churches in Eling, Copythorne, Marchwood, Colbury and Netley Marsh.


The south east of the New Forest is home to several historic churches. This includes St Katharine's at Exbury, St Paul's at East Boldre, All Saints at Fawley and Church of the blessed Virgin and Child at Beaulieu.

Find out more about these churches in our leaflet.

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