ALL SAINTS THORNEY HILL
This is a Grade 1 listed Baroque style church, built in 1908. It was erected by Lord Manners of Avon Tyrrel in memory of his daughter Mary Christine, who died at an early age in India. Over some of the windows, is the face of a child, cupped between two cherub wings. Some say the child is Mary Christine. Her brother, Lieutenant John Neville Manners of the 2nd.Battlion of the Grenadier Guards died 1st.September 1914, in France. He is remembered at La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, this is a small town, about 45 miles to the east of Paris. There is also a memorial to him at this Church.
The altar faces south and soon after
the Church was built, the 16th.Century elegant font came from Christchurch
Scotts Pine were planted each side of the pathway leading to the door but in the Spring 1990 the gales uprooted these trees, so flowering cherry trees were planted to replace them.