Martin Coppen is a retired Church of England priest who lives in Andover, England. He was parish priest of four country parishes nearby for over twenty years. His interest in local history, particularly of the churches and church people, was kindled through stories which older parishioners told of the clergy they remembered, and the display lists of past vicars in church. Through writing a series of guide books for his churches, his interest in architecture and church building grew. He asked himself, how did this church which I am praying in come to be like this? What was it like for those who have prayed here for the past thousand years?
This book asks questions about the medieval church of St Mary Andover, England, which was demolished in 1840-41 to make way for a new church. What did the old church look like? How did it develop over its almost 800 years? The answers reveal that it was in fact one of the major Norman parish churches of Hampshire. The book celebrates the lost church for the present generation.
The remarkably long ministry of the Revd Henry Burnaby Greene in the Hampshire village of Longparish saw a great change in English society, the Church and a small agricultural community. This short but detailed biography describes the achievements, sorrows and work of a nineteenth century clergyman. It is also a family history of the Burnaby, Greene and Woodcock familes through this period.