Site: All Saints
Denomination: Church of England
Type: Church
Period: 14th Century, 15th Century, 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century

Features: Consecration cross S wall of the nave, Double nave, Effigies, Memorials, Monuments, Transepts, Wall paintings

Location: 6 miles S of Newport on the A3020.


Quite often abbey and priory churches had separate areas for the clergy and the religious community members and the public, represented respectively by the E end and the nave. This was so with All Saints. The church belonged to the prior of Carisbrooke, and it has a rare double nave. The church contains wall paintings, with a consecration cross on the S wall of the nave; and, most famously, a 15th-century painting of Christ crucified on a triple branched lily, with angels holding scrolls and flanked by fictive drapery bearing outlines of St Mary and St John, on the E wall of the S transept. There are also many 16th- to 19th-century memorials and monuments, including an unusual effigy of Sir John Leigh (d.1529), in which his feet rest on a pig, and at his feet are curious ‘bedesmen’, bearded monks with each resting his head on one hand, and telling his beads with the other for the repose of Sir John’s soul.

Address: Church Hill, Godshill, Isle of Wight, PO38 3HY
Phone Number: 01983 840895