The 'Church in the Woods' St Mark, Ampfield designed by John Keble The 'Church in the Woods' St Mark, Ampfield designed by John Keble Ian Wyllie 2017

St Mark, Ampfield: The Church in the Woods

St Marks is known as 'the church in the woods' and was designed by Keble of the Oxford Movement and stands in a wooded glade at the heart of the village of Ampfield.

St Mark, Ampfield continues to host a living church community and is in regular use for worship, community activities and service marking life events.

St Mark Ampfield's address is A3090, Ampfield SO51 9BU


  1. Victorian wooden pews, elevated from nave floor by around 10cm.
  2. Capacity is: 100 - 200

Site access situation

  1. Site is open grassy woodland, with 100m of gravel track from carpark to main door. Closer parking on request. Use contact form on site
  2. Threshold to stone slab, then three separated steps.
  3. Staggered access of one step to communion rail, then a further two steps to altar.

Access arrangements for all

Steps are an integral part of this listed building. Assistance will be on hand for anyone who needs it. Assisted Wheelchair users can access all areas via channel ramps.

An hearing loop is in place. Team members are happy to help people with visual impairment find their way around. Large print service sheets are available.

Construction details

  • Opened between1838-1841
  • Currently of blue fired brick and stone construction in the ‘early English’ fashion making this Victorian church look much older than it is. The gable has an elaborate stone bell turret with diagonally placed octagonal spire, which was extensively internally strengthened in 2018
  • Building listing number: Grade II listed - 1339161