Blackmoor, St Matthew (29K)

Blackmoor: St Matthew

Red roofed tower
and spiral-centred spirelet
blush in the beams
of midwinter's setting sun.

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Extract from WH Hudson's 'Hampshire Days' (written in 1903):—

"The tall, square tower of Blackmoor, of white stone roofed with red tiles, rises amid the pines of Wolmer Forest, simple and beautiful in shape, and gives a touch of grace and grateful colour to that darker, austere nature. From every point of view it is a pleasure to the eye, and because of its enduring beauty the memory of the man who raised it is like a perfume in the wilderness."

Built in 1868, the church was designed by Alfred Waterhouse who also designed the Natural History Museum in London.