Godshill Church
Godshill Church
4.5

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Seb O
Waterlooville, UK435 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
After spending a morning in Godshill, we decided to climb up to the church after lunch. A beautiful and tranquil place with lots to see. Nice to getaway from all the crowds too. Thank you for keeping it open.
Written 9 April 2024
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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK5,147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Godshill is very much a tourist honey pot village with its thatched cottages, tea shops and model village . Many people don’t get much further than the High Street, completely ignoring the church set on top of the hill.

It is an impressive church – one of the largest Pre-Reformation churches on the island. It is in fact a ‘double’ church as it has two naves. The northern church was used as a parish church. The southern church was for the workers of nearby Appuldurcombe Priory. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the Priory was sold and the church houses many splendid tombs of the families who later lived in Appuldurcombe House. (One is hidden away in the vestry behind a curtain.) Don’t miss the funerary helmets above the tombs. The Mausoleum containing the remains of the last owners is in a corner of the graveyard.

The other ‘treasure’ is the Lily Cross wall painting on the wall of St Stephen’s Chapel behind metal gates of the south transept. This dates from the C15th and depicts c=Christ crucified on a triple branched flowering lily. On either side are painted ‘curtain s’ that would have served as a back cloth to the altar beneath. It is the only example of a Lily Cross p=ainting in the UK and there are only two others in Europe. It was covered by lime wash during the Rreformation and was only rediscovered in 1842.

Also don’t miss the Consecration Cross painted on the wall to the left of the chapel. This is the only survivor of the 24 crosses (12 inside the church and 12 outside) which marked places anointed and blessed by the Bishop when the church was consecrated.

Take time to climb the hill to visit the church – it is worth the effort!
Written 30 March 2024
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Kenneth P
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The hike up is fairly steep but the views of and from this small church are wonderful. It was unlocked but as of April 28, 2023, the priest position is vacant so it is unattended. Still, wonderful plaques and dedications abound to fill the visitor with a sense of devotion and gratitude that people given over to God’s kingdom may be sure it will reflect His glory to those who are blessed to come worship there.
Written 28 April 2023
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holidayhoney65
Chessington, UK1,449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We found the church quite by chance, we had arrived in Godshill before anything had opened so had a bit of an explore and we are so glad we did. You go up a steep hill, we chose the route going up past the thatched cottages which were so very pretty and we where glad we had the opportunity to see them to. We'd had a glimpse of the church peeking out behind the cottages and then we walked into the grounds, it is absolutely stunning, I am unsure of the age of the church or it history but it is so worth the climb to go and see if. Stunning church in a fabulous location. We came down back to the village via the stairs which gives you more views as you come back down. So glad the shops where closed or we might never have found this church.
Written 31 August 2022
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NLB07
Croydon, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Wonderful church fully open to the public which is becoming rarer these days without volunteers to man the building (our own is the same). Plenty of space for private prayer, ability to light a candle and lots of honesty boxes for visit donations, leaflets, publications on sale and so forth. Interesting plaques/memorials on the wall, plenty of signage and worth the hill/steps to enjoy the view from the top. Glad we managed to visit.
Written 5 August 2022
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FIL M
London, UK557 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Well worth a visit. The ground alone are exceptionally calming.
Please be mindful the walk is a bit steep.
Written 5 May 2022
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Dave J
Liverpool, UK978 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
well worth a walk to have a look around the church and the village, good for all the family when you are in Godshill.
Written 21 November 2021
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BethNicole71
Huyton, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
A beautiful church surrounded by thatch cottages. Take your time to enjoy this small church and its surroundings.
Written 16 October 2021
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Branko V
Stevenage, UK1,112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This is a lovely oldy worldy church - its a fairly steep walk but take it slowly. surrounded by thatched cottages. worth a visit.
Written 9 August 2021
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Terry D
Cranleigh, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is a very beautiful and peaceful church and it’s definitely worth the climb up. If like me your disabled Take it slow and steady there are plenty of safe spots to stop and recover before you continue up) I would recommend that anyone visiting the Isle of Wight visit Godshill
Written 22 July 2021
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