Bishop's Walk

BISHOP'S WALK 1857 and 2017


On Wednesday 25th November 1857 our churches in Smannell and Hatherden were consecrated by the Bishop of Winchester.


He and the congregations walked from the village of Smannell to Hatherden with great celebrations in both churches.


The following evening the inhabitants of Smannell, Woodhouse and Little London celebrated this milestone in the development of their community by partaking of a most substantial supper of good old English fayre. A collection was held at both churches which amounted to £49 7s.


The Fosters Education Act of 1870 meant that a new school was built in Smannell in 1973. Emily Kyte was the first headmistress and she had the sole responsibility for 84 children. The cost of building the school was £324 15s 6p.


100 years later in 1973, the Bishop at the time, visited the school celebrations, and parents and children were invited to a themed evening comparing the life in Victorian and modern times.


160 years later, the Bishop of Basingstoke will recreate the consecration walk between the Smannell and Hatherden churches, hopefully accompanied by the pupils from the Smannell and Hatherden schools, dressed in Victorian costumes.


This will be a really fun day, with a maypole dance in Smannell before the start of the walk. The Bishop will lead a short service of dedication and then we will be off across the “cinder track”, enroute to Hatherden.


In the afternoon there will be lots of Victorian games between the pupils of both schools for a trophy whilst cream teas will be served with a choice of tea, beer or cider, and the Bishop will rededicate the church at Hatherden.

An extraordinary summer event for all ages in June

involving a local 3 mile walk and lots of fun! All welcome!

The Bishop's Walk


on Saturday 17th June 2017

Led by the Bishop of Basingstoke



A sponsored re-enactment of the Bishop of Winchester's walk from Christ Church Smannell to Christ Church Hatherden 160 years ago, when he consecrated both churches on the same day.



10am Maypole dance demonstration at Smannell School (near the Church).

10.45am Blessing of Christ Church and the walkers at the Church.

11.00am Start of walk to Christ Church Hatherden (3 miles).

12.55pm Blessing of Christ Church Hatherden.1.00pm Lunch. Children's Victorian dress competition.

Afternoon Victorian games tournament between Hatherden & Smannell Schools. Tea.

Post Codes: Christ Church Smannell SP11 6JL; Christ Church Hatherden SP11 0HT.

Parking: There is ample parking at Smannell.

Shuttle: A minibus shuttle service will run between Hatherden and Smannell from 2-4 p.m.

Lunch: Everyone is invited to bring their own picnic lunch. There will be a cash bar.

Dress: Victorian period dress (optional).

Dogs: Dogs welcome, but on leads in the church yards and near roads.

Sponsorship: Walkers - please ask your friends and family to sponsor you.

A sponsorship form is available from both churches


All proceeds will be shared equally between the two Christ Churches


Thank you