Godshill, Isle of Wight
Godshill, a village and a parish in the Isle of Wight. The village stands near the Medina river, 5½ miles SSE of Newport, is a pretty place, and has a post and money order office under Wroxall (R.S.O.); telegraph office, Wroxall. The parish includes also Appuldurcombe, Stenbury, Road, Sandford, and Rookley, and extends to the town of Ventnor, including Steephill Castle. Acreage, 6628; population of the civil parish, 1480; of the ecclesiastical, 1004. The surface is diversified, comprises much fine scenery, and includes vantage-grounds, one of them the churchyard, commanding brilliant views. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester; value, £160. The church is large, cruciform, and partly Decorated English, has a western pinnacled tower in Perpendicular English, and contains a rich altar-tomb to Sir J. Leigh of the time of Henry VIII., and several handsome monuments to the Worsley family. There is also a church dedicated to St Alban, erected in 1894, and Wesleyan and Bible Christian chapels. Dean Cole, a persecutor in the time of Mary, was a native. Appuldurcombe, formerly the residence of the Earl of Yarborough, is now an educational establishment.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Godshill All Saints|
|Poor Law union||Fordingbridge|
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Godshill from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Godshill)
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Godshill (All Saints))
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