Photo by Rosemary Oakeshott
Enjoy your visit to Freshwater
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
With these words you enter Tennyson country. Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson of Aldworth and Freshwater resided at nearby Farringford House, newly refurbished and opened in 2017 to the public as an historic site.
Indeed nearby Tennyson Down is named after him and this affords a wonderful view of the Island if you climb to the top, a monument to this renowned poet and writer also sits here.
All Saints has Saxon and Norman stonework and an early Gothic Arcade with Victorian additions, together with the 13th Century tower and peal of six bells. This is another ground floor ring, so easily available to less agile ringers, with access to the ringing chamber being situated to the west of the church inside the building.
Associations include Robert Hooke 17th century scientist was baptised here and Alfred Lord Tennyson worshipped here regularly. Members of the Tennyson family are buried in the churchyard and a bronze statuette of Tennyson is exhibited in the Afton Chapel.
A small area outside the Lytch Gate is available for parking but on-road parking is also available in this sleepy and undisturbed area of our Island.
The Red Lion pub next to the church affords a comfortable stop for refreshments or lunch before moving on to other attractions on the Island.
6 Bells, 17 cwt
Freshwater Ringing Times
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