The village of Whippingham, and St Mildred's Church as its parish church, are best known for their connections with Queen Victoria. Whippingham was the centre of a royal estate supporting Osborne House and Barton Manor.

In 1804 a church was reconstructed by John Nash on the site of the lost medieval parish church: in 1854–60 it was pulled down and rebuilt. Prince Albert (the Prince Consort) took an active role in the redesigning of the church building. The chancel of the church was built in 1854 and 1855 by the architect Albert Jenkins Humbert although Prince Albert is thought to have had a guiding hand. The remainder of the church was constructed in 1861 and 1862.

A side chapel with the tomb of Prince Henry of Battenberg and Princess Beatrice, is dedicated to the Battenberg/Mountbatten family.

Queen Victoria took a close interest in 'her people' in Whippingham. This is reflected in the many memorials in St Mildred's Church which commemorate members of the Royal Family, including the Prince Consort, Princess Alice, Duchess of Hesse and Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany and members of the royal household.

The church also has a memorial to the Hessian soldiers who fought under the British flag in the 1790s, and were invalided to the Isle of Wight. Soldiers from the Musketeer Regiment Prinz Carl were housed in the newly built Whippingham mill, which became a temporary barrack and hospital. Eighty-four of them are buried in the churchyard. The memorial was unveiled in 1906 by the Landgrave of Hesse.



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John S (12 months ago)
We both enjoyed the opportunity to visit this beautiful church and surrounding area. All the years of coming to the island this little gem had slip by but on reading a brochure noticed it. Queen Victoria's own church close to Osbourne house would recommend a visit plenty of history inside and out plus tea rooms
Stuart Shepley (12 months ago)
Been to island many times,visited Osbourne House,never knew Queen Victoria had a church here,set in lovely surroundings,alot of history to catch up on,great morning spent there.
Keith Barlow (12 months ago)
A guided tour with Chris Houghton . A man with soo much knowledge of the church, Queen Victoria and her family. Just down the road from Osbourne House!! Chris should have his voice with all his knowledge recorded for future generations... I hope the local BBC will pickup on it. A very reasonably priced tea rooms and parking Available.
Jane Bierton (12 months ago)
Beautiful place to visit Queen Victoria worshipped there the volunteers are very informative go if you can
Gillian Hart (13 months ago)
Lovely little church. Interesting to know that queen Victoria and family used it. Churchwarden very informative .
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