All Saints' Church

Godshill, United Kingdom

According to legend, the original foundations for the All Saints' Church were laid in a flat, easily accessible site; each morning they were found transferred to the hill where the church exists today. Eventually the builders gave up building it in the planned flat location and built it on the hill.

The church is medieval. It is noted for its medieval wall painting of a Lily crucifix one of only two in Europe. The Lily painting was whitewashed out to save it from destruction during the Reformation. It remained hidden until the 19th century, when it was rediscovered.

The church consists of a chancel, nave, cross aisles, and tower. From its architecture it is obviously of ancient foundation, and a portion of the present edifice may have stood upon the sacred hill when Fitz-Osbert gave it to the Abbey of Lire. Most of the building, however, is Transitional Norman.

The tower contains a ring of 6 bells which were all cast by Llewellin and James, and are the only ring of bells by this founder on the Island. The biggest weighs 8cwt.

The churchyard contains a Commonwealth war grave of a Royal Engineers soldier of World War I. Within the church is a memorial to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound, who died in World War II having been First Sea Lord of the Admiralty at its outbreak.



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Godshill, United Kingdom
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Timothy Welstead (14 months ago)
Lovely Church to visit.
Ann Keable (2 years ago)
Interesting, but uphill walk ro get there quite demanding.
Victoria Elsmore (2 years ago)
All Saints is a quaint little church up the hill overlooking Godshill. You can either walk up the hill via steps or, as we did, up a slope past the gorgeous thatched cottages. Whilst it isn’t the largest church in the world by any means, the grounds and exterior are definitely worth a visit, and the inside is nice as well.
Mary Smith (2 years ago)
When you walk up the steep lane to view the lovely thatched houses above the village & walk upwards again to the church you understand why it was named Godshill. Beautiful & well worth the effort to get there.
Andrew Olliver-Jones (3 years ago)
Beautiful church in a truly beautiful location. This place used to be very special, but sadly feels a little unloved and neglected these days
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