Godshill (All Saints), PO38 3HY
All Saints church was built on the site of Pagan worship on top of the hill of the gods. The main entrance of the parish church is at the intersection of Church Hill and Church Hollow, past “The Old Bell”, once the village pub, now a private house. It is one of the most visited country churches in England. It possesses a medieval wall painting of Christ crucified on a Lily in Saint Stephen's Chapel, one of only two remaining in Europe, depicting the co-incidence of Good Friday and The Annunciation. (Tradition holds that the Creation of Man, the Re-creation of Man in the Womb of Mary, and the Salvation of Man on the Cross all took place on the same day of the year; this calendrical coincidence actually happens a couple of times every century) It is a fine example of medieval art, and a rare example of the use of green pigment from that period. All Saints church is a Grade 1 listed building. Limited Parking is available on Church Hill.
The church has six bells and a dedicated band of bell ringers that allows us to ring for Sunday services throughout the year. The church tower has been floodlit since the church's anniversary year of 1992 and is now as much a beacon of the faith at night, as it is by day.
The parish of Godshill: All Saints is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Portsmouth’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
Normally held in St Stephen's Chapel under the Lily Cross. However, during our vacancy it will be listed under the events section when a member of the clergy is available.