Hamble gets its name from Hamele, a Saxon Thane. Hamble-le-Rice (name first recorded in 1345) is the same as Hamble-en-le-rys, so called from the church being built on land rising from the water as seen by approaching ships as they enter Southampton water.
The Priory Church of St Andrew the Apostle is among the most archaeologically and historically facinating medieval churches in Hampshire. It is of very ancient origin, for it incorporates evidence of Roman occupation and the remains of a Saxon church.
The story of Christianity in Hamble goes back to 720 when the missionary, St Willibald, set sail from the River Hamble for the continent, as recorded in the 8th century Bede’s Ecclesiastical History. A place of worship had been established here sometime in the Saxon period (5th to 6th centuries), and it is certain that a stone parish church existed on the site well before the Norman Conquest in 1066AD.
Quick links to some other sections of this site:
Bereavement Poems; In this section we have a number of traditional and contemporary funeral poems and readings plus a few that we have found and like.
The Place 2B; Come and join us for home made cakes coffee or tea at ‘The Place 2 B’ in the Priory Centre at the back of St. Andrew’s church between 10.00am and noon.
Come dine with us: This is one of Hamble’s best kept secrets! Where else in Hampshire, let alone Hamble, can you get a three course meal with a hot drink and get change out of a five pound note?