St HUBERT’S, Idsworth
The little church of St Hubert, patron saint of hunters, stands alone in the fields of Old Idsworth. It is said to date from 1053 and to have been built by Earl Godwin, father of King Harold who was beaten by William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It was possibly constructed on the site of an earlier building. As well as being charming, and ancient, the church is renowned for its 14th century wall paintings.
St Hubert's is some distance from the road, adjacent to the old site of Idsworth Manor House, demolished when the railway was built in the 19th century. You need to park on a country road, walk over the Lavant (a winterbourne) and up the small hill. This is also the site of Idsworth village, deserted sometime in the 14th century.