St Andrew’s Church
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900th Anniversary Celebrations
A Brief History
The Parish Church of Chale, Isle of Wight, was dedicated to St. Andrew on 1st December 1114 and this year is celebrating that for 900 years a Christian church has stood on this site close to Chale Bay Farm.
Originally it was a Catholic church but on the Reformation it became part of the Church of England. It started probably as just a small single roomed structure, but over the centuries it has been enlarged to the building we see today. In the 15th century the tower was added, and in Victorian times it went through major alterations and extensions.
The Church has six stained glass windows by the famous Charles E. Kempe, five given in memory of James Arnold Hearn of New York, USA, as was the Clock, two bells, the organ, and land around the external churchyard.
The pulpit has a carving of the Last Supper by Millicent Johnson, daughter of Sir Henry Allen Johnson, Bart, who lived nearby and who was buried by the front porch in1860.
Other memorials include those to members of the Worsley family. Many victims of shipwrecks in Chale Bay are buried near the north churchyard wall, including the famous Clarendon, wrecked in 1836.
The Churchyard surrounds the Church and includes the Chale Parish War Memorial, and the graves of people of various denominations who lived in Chale.
In celebration of the 900th Anniversary, there are special services, guided tours of the church, opportunities to get involved with craft projects, concerts, discussion groups and talks, something for everyone! The programme of events can be seen by clicking on this link, St Andrew’s 900th Anniversary Year Programme of Events
There are free guided tours taking place throughout 2014 on the following Tuesdays at 11am, though you are welcome to visit at any time.
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|March 25th||July 8th||September 16th|
|April 22nd||July 22nd||September30th|
|May 27th||August 12th||October 28th|