has a church that is a thousand years old containing a Saxon doorway, piscina
and a piece of sculpture from the same era. Also there are eight Saxon windows.
The village has a farmhouse that dates back to Jacobean times, a pond and groups
of cottage that stand being the inn.
church has a Tudor porch with a vaulted roof and the interior of the buildings
is said to be one of the most enchanting on the island. Long, tall and wide with
a handsome arcade and beautiful windows. Though it has a new font the old one
which is 700 years old still remains. The pulpit was made from panelling dating
back to Jacobean times and was found in an inn. There also a first edition copy
of Foxe's Book of Martyrs and a chest from the 17th century.
table made during the reign of Elizabeth I can be seen in the south chapel along
with two brasses, one of which has a poem by William Serle, who died in 1595.
relating to the charities that he left. The other being a figure with no head
that is dressed in armour from the 14th century and is all that remains of the
portrait of Harry Hawles, there is an inscription which ends:
Long tyme steward of the Ysle of
Have m'cy on hym, Godful ofmyght,
churches can boast so many Saxon windows, six of them being circular and two
round-headed, three of them are on each side of the nave and accompanied by
quatrefoil tracery which comes from a later date.
wall of the north aisle are two pieces of sculpture one is Saxon showing the
Ascension and the other depicts the head of a dragon and is from a 12th century
statue of St George.
font is set on a pillar and has an ancient panel in the sides of the bowl which
depicts two fishes which were rescued from a stream in the garden of the vicar,
from where the panel was salvaged.
chancel there are two corbels that relate to two stone heads that are in an
archway by the pulpit, they are said to be representations of a curate and his
memorials to an old island family are also shown, one commemorates a young lad
that drowned in a storm and a third memorial is to the last baronet of the
family, Sir Leonard Worsley Holms and his wife and daughters are depicted.
in the churchyard two memorials stand together, these mark the graves of two
sisters, Elizabeth Wallbridge who was the heroine in one of the stories of Leigh
Richmond, ( in his story The Dairyman's Daughter), who was a servant at a large
house when her sister died. The funeral service was in fact conducted by Leigh
Richmond as he was curate at the time, and Elizabeth wrote a letter of gratitude
to him and a while later a great friendship developed between the two.
three old manor houses in reach of the village which sits below 444ft high
Arreton Down. Here on the down can be found traces of Saxon settlements and
maybe even earlier ones.
Manor is a house built in the 17th century and is famed for its museum of toys
and items from a time long gone.
Text courtesy of:
Southern Life (UK)