Arreton, St George

Photo by St Martin’s Guild

Information for your visit

On approaching this old and ancient village you will come across the church of St George, tucked up a lane, off the main Newport to Sandown road.

Parts of the church date from the 12th Century and this is also where you will find a window on the south side of the building which is consecrated to the Burma Star Association and services of remembrance for those involved are held annually here.

Access to Arreton is a bit circuitous by public transport so having a car is by far the best way to visit.

Arreton Barns, with The Dairyman’s Daughter pub and craft shops, can be found to entertain those not ringing. A shop selling local farming produce is also on hand. The White Lion public house is also handy for those wishing to quench their thirst or have a bite to eat in addition to The Dairyman’s Daughter.

Within the churchyard is the tomb of William Rayner, 1750 – 15th May, 1823, a notable Island ringer who brought bell ringing as we know it to the Island. Island ringers owe him a great debt of gratitude and thus we help maintain his tomb which was renovated with the help of the Winchester Guild in 1925. The tomb may be found just off the footpath to the north-west side of the graveyard.

Skilled in the mystery of the pleasing peal
Which few can know, and fewer still reveal,
Whether with little bells or bells sublime,
To split a moment to the truth of time.
Time, so oft truly beat at length o’ercame,
Yet shall this tribute long preserve his name.

So reads the plaque in metal on top of the tomb.

Car parking is available for a small number of vehicles close to the church with further parking at the entry to the lane, although this can get very busy during term time as a school is close by. You can also park in the Arreton Barns complex.

Arreton, St George - 6 Bells, Tenor 8-2 cwt

Postcode: PO30 3AB

Arreton Ringing Times

Sunday: 10.45a.m. to 11.15a.m. (2nd Sunday only)

Practice: Monday 7.30.p.m. to 9.00p.m. (Except Bank Holidays).

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