Chale, St Andrew

Photo by John Palk

Information for your visit

St Andrew’s, Chale, was dedicated by the Bishop of Winchester in 1114.  The church was built by Hugo de Vernon, Lord of the Manor of Chale, and its patronage has been held by Langford, Pounds, Worsleys and now by Keble College, Oxford.

Over the years the building was extended and the fine perpendicular tower, with its quatrefoil panels at the base of the western buttresses, was built in the 15th century.  It is said to be the earliest square-roofed perpendicular tower on the Island. It has two rows of fine pierced ornaments and unusual traceried windows in the belfry, unfortunately cut by the modern clock faces.

Of the six bells in the tower, five of them were hung by John Taylor & Co. in 1897, the treble being cast and hung in 1946.  The oldest bell is the 3rd and thought to have been cast in the 14th century by the anonymous “R”.  The tenor bell is dated 1628 but was recast in 1896, the same year that the 2nd bell was cast.  The 4th and 5th bells were also recast by John Taylor & Co.

Chale is about as far south on the Island as you can go and is accessed along the Military Road from either Freshwater in the west or Niton and Blackgang in the east. You can also use a road from Newport which will take you through many rural villages to your final destination.

As with most rural communities on our Island access is easier by car. There is a grass car park adjoining the church grounds that can be used by visitors but bear in mind if there has been a lot of rain it may not be wise to use it! On-road parking is also usually available here.

The Wight Mouse public house nearby is a good place to have a lunch stop, as on fine days you can sit out in the garden, which overlooks the south coast of the Island with magnificent views along to the Needles and beyond to the mainland of England. If using these premises they have a large car park accessible just west from the church on the Military Road.

Chale, St Andrew - 6 Bells, Tenor 8-1 cwt

Postcode: PO38 2HA

Chale Ringing Times

Sundays: Ringing variable, please phone Tower Secretary
Practice: Thursday 2:00pm

See Also

Visit Dove tower Page for Peals, Grid Reference and Bell Weights

Contact Lyn Atkinson - Telephone: 01983 730582 Address: Lowecliffe Cottage, The Terrace, Chale, Ventnor, PO38 2HL Email: Use Form

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