The Churches of Britain and Ireland

Isle of Wight

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Arreton, an old engraving of St. George, the earliest parts of which date to the C11. Another view (engraving dated 1883). Both Colin Waters Collection. Another view, from an old postcard (franked perhaps 1903) in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view, the interior, font and font cover. A sign explains that the font cover was made from oak from an old barn, to the design of Mr Christian (presumably Ewan Christian, although it isn't listed amongst his works here), the architect for the restoration of 1886. The font itself is a Victorian copy of a Norman original. All Martin Richter (2013). Link1. Link2. Grade I listed. Arreton Methodist Church was built in 1866 as a Bible Christian Chapel. Another view, and the date-stone. SZ 542 860. All Martin Richter (2012). Link.

Binstead, Quarr Abbey (R.C., Benedictine). From an old postcard in Christopher Skottowe's Collection. Link.
Bonchurch, St. Boniface. Bill McKenzie. Previously in the "Unknown" section, this image dates from around 1932, from Colin Waters' Collection. Thanks to Bill Davison who has identified it. This old postcard dates to no later than 1918 (it has a 1/2d. stamp - the postal rate increased to 1d. in June 1918). From Shayne van Rensburg's Collection. Melvyn Hunter advises that this church was the one from which Airfix produced their model - some photos of the model can be seen here.
Brading, St. Mary the Virgin, a 19th century engraving. Colin Waters Collection. An old postcard view, from Reg Dosell's Collection.

Calbourne, All Saints. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection.
St. Mary. SZ 4855 8825. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Originally in the Unknown section, Elizabeth Moore was looking for help in identifying the church on a photo bought at a sale in Kettering. This is an enlargement, but the original has written by hand on the front "Photo taken in 1964", though additional writing on the back implies a 1950's date. The church itself is evidently large, and the multi-stage tower with external staircase is distinctive. Note particularly what appears to be a middle pinnacle projecting outwards from the face of the tower - a most unusual feature. It was identified by Phil Draper, and Elizabeth herself. Link1, with history here. Link2 (scroll down). If you are planning a photographic visit, this last link includes the helpful comment that
John Smith's house at Castlehold was licensed for Congregational worship in 1672. (fn. 359) There is now a Primitive Methodist chapel at Carisbrooke, also a United Methodist chapel at Gunville, built in 1907, and a Bible Christian chapel at Chillerton. The very brief Grade I listing. A good modern photo is available here.
Cowes, the former West Hill Primitive Methodist Church (1889), now the Cowes Library and Maritime Museum. SZ 496 958. Bill Henderson (2014).

Freshwater, St. Agnes. Bill McKenzie (2011). All Saints, from an old engraving dated 1883. SZ 346 873. Colin Waters Collection. The engraving isn't labelled, and was identified by Judy Flynn. Link. Grade II* listed.

Godshill, All Saints on Church Hill. SZ 527 818. From an old postcard (franked 1907), Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view, David Gallimore, and another, Bill Henderson (2014). Link. Grade I listed. Methodist Church on High Street, built as Wesleyan in 1838. SZ 529 817. Bill Henderson (2014). Another view, Terry Smith. Link. Grade II listed.

Newport, the Minster Church of Sts. Thomas on Pyle Street. Bill explains that the church was originally dedicated to St. Thomas of Canterbury. Henry VIII declared Thomas Beckett a traitor, so the dedication was changed to St. Thomas, which in later years was assumed to be St. Thomas the Apostle. Hence the unusual dedication to Sts. Thomas. SZ 4997 8915. Link. Grade I listed. The former Congregational Church (1848) on St. James's Street, now a pub. A plaque gives a little history. SZ 4983 8919. All Bill Henderson (2014). The Methodist Church on Quay Street. Older O.S. maps label it as Bible Christian. SZ 5002 8926. John Balaam (2022). Link.


St. Lawrence, an engraving of the church, described as "Remarkable for having one of the smallest Parochial churches in England". An enlargement of the church from the same engraving. There is an earlier engraving here, showing the church before the chancel was added in 1830. A modern photo is available here; this also has the contradictory date for the chancel of 1842. From John Bowdler's Collection.
Seaview, St. Peter (1858) on Church Street. Another view. SZ 628 915. Link. Grade II listed. The former Holy Cross (R.C., 1957-2011). The congregation now hold a monthly mass in the Lady Chapel of St. Peter. SZ 628 916. Grace Church (Independent Evangelical) on Church Street was built in 1854 as Beulah Free Church - see the date-stone. On a map of 1862 the building is shown as "Wesleyan Reform", and it was probably built for them. Later maps show it as Methodist (1946-7 edition), and Free Church (1973). SZ 628 915. Link. All Martin Richter (2012).
Shorwell, St. Peter. Bill McKenzie (2011). Link.

Ventnor, Holy Trinity. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection.

Whippingham, St. Mildred. From an old postcard, Steve Bulman's Collection. An old engraving Colin Waters Collection.
Wootton Bridge, the Methodist Church on Station Road. SZ 5360 9140. John Balaam (2022). Link.

Yarmouth, St. James, on St. James's Street. The interior, and the East window. SZ 3546 8966. All John Balaam (2022). Link. The history page dates it to 1614-26. Grade II* listed. For other listed features in the churchyard, see here.




04 March 2023

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