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Sunday, 13 September 2015

St Boniface on the Isle of Wight

Hi folks,
as stated in the last bog we continued on the this quaint church by the sea at Bonchurch which is on the outskirts of Ventnor and was rebuilt in 1070 dating back even further and is listed in the Doomsday book. The church is only 48ft by 12ft. much of the stone from the south, sea side of the church has been weathered away and replaced. The church held 9 in the Chancel, 24 in the Pews and 36 in 2 galleries and 30 on benches with 3 opposite the door in Pews. This adds up to an amazing 102 in such a small church.

View from the south side with the porch newly rebuilt.

New Altar added between 1923-31

The cross is made of black oak.

Note the single bell rope at the west end of the church.

Services are carried out on Sunday evenings throughout the summer.

Unique Queen Anne Coat of Arms, we think .

The door is very ancient and has lots of character.

Back outside and a view of the restored porch.

Down a steep slope and we were on the shoreline with a long walk in very windy conditions into Ventnor and a fish and chip lunch.

Thanks for looking, Mike and Sue.


  1. Gosh! .... so many people managing to get inside such a small space! ... beautiful church... just love these posts of your Mike... Wish I could have pinched a chip or two ! lol
    E xx

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Stephen, we loved it there and so near the sea.

  3. Another one of your church Gems. Winderful history. Seems I have missed out attempting access to the churches as years ago many were locked up, so never bothered to try. Only Cathedrals where you had to pay a fee to photograth or leave camera behind. A lot of our History is usually embedded in these old churches and the best place to start from.
    I remember when you were in Abergavenny where we park near an unassuming looking church. But once again you proved and found an interesting bit of history that many locals would not have known. Well done and lovely photos once again.

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Ken, I always have a camera with me Hi