Photograph by David Forder
Newchurch is a village and civil parish. It is located between Sandown and Newport in the southeast of the island. Anthony Dillington, owner of the Knighton Gorges Manor in Newchurch wrote to his son Robert in 1574 that: “This is the very Garden of England, and we be privileged to work in it as Husbandmen…….”
The church holds a commanding view over the Arreton Valley and as such if you visit in winter you need to be well wrapped up as the icy blast can cut glass!
This is a ground-floor ring of 6 bells, the ringing chamber of which is situated at the base of the tower and as such sometimes conflicts with visitors trying to gain entry to the church. The tower is unique on the Island with it’s partially wood-clad tower structure.
There is parking within the church grounds to the north-west side of the church and also a car park near the school just a short distance further up the road which you need to keep a look out for signage to.
If you travel to the village from the Ryde direction the entrance lane to the church is a very sharp left turn at the top of a very steep hill, some manouvering of your vehicle may be necessary to avoid damage so it is easier to travel further into the village, turn around, and come back on yourself, far easier for access.
The Pointer’s Inn close to the church affords a rest place for food and drink if required. There is a car park for users of the premises also.
During spring the grounds of the old, now cleared, cemetery are cov-ered in spring flowers of snowdrops, crocus and daffodil, a lovely annual site to herald the warmer weather. (Photo: John Stock)
6 Bells, 7 cwt
Newchurch Ringing Times
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