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Godshill, Isle of Wight

Historical Description

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.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHampshire 
Ancient CountyHampshire 
Civil parishFordingbridge 
Ecclesiastical parishGodshill All Saints 
LibertyEast Medina 
Poor Law unionFordingbridge 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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CountyIsle of Wight
RegionSouth East
Postal districtPO38
Post TownVentnor