History of Wherwell Priory and the church of St Peter and the Holy Cross
Wherwell Priory is on the site of a Benedictine abbey which was founded in 986 by Queen Elfrida and Queens Wenfleda, Emma and Edith have also lived at Wherwell. In the middle ages one of the abbesses built an infirmary, and rerouted a river tributary to run through the building so that now the beautiful gardens are traversed by a sparkling brook. The shining white building, topped by a bell tower, forms a perfect backdrop for weddings. There is ample parking, and the flat site of the original abbey church is perfect for marquees of all sizes (the house is not available for rent).
The adjoining church (which can accommodate 200) has been newly restored, and by the end of 2011 it will have a new roof and bell-chiming mechanism. As one groom-to-be commented: “for me, it’s perfect, I want that moment when she walks down the aisle to last, and in this church it will”. Having parked, the church is approached through a quaint lychgate – another perfect backdrop for a photographs. It’s large and spacious inside, with a traditional pipe organ and a modern sound system.
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The church of St Peter and Holy Cross, a lovely example of gothic revival, adjoins Wherwell Priory, and a gin-clear tributary of The Test runs through the grounds.