Godshill, All Saints




Tower Contacts
The District
Ringing Times
 6 bells, 8-3-7 Practice Tuesday 7.30-9.00,
2nd & 4th Sunday 10.30-11.00
Upstairs, STEEP wooden staircase up to ringing room from inside church  OS map link
Park on the road near the church if you are lucky (very narrow) or if not then the pub car park (The Griffin, children's room & rear garden) or public car park (opposite pub) are in the centre of the village, a few hundred yards along the road leading to Shanklin (down the hill from the church, and then turn right at main road). Nice bells, and all go well. There is no easy way of getting down the steep stairs. Queen Victoria used to stop in Godshill for tea, and the coach trips have been doing it ever since. The old village has tea rooms, shell museum, model village, Old Smithy and more tea rooms.

The current church is the fourth on the present site on the hill just south of the village, the first being in the 11th century, the lower part of the tower along with the present church being built in the 14th century. The legend is that the church was to be built in the meadow at the bottom of the hill, but each day the workmen found the stones had been moved to the top. It was decided that this must be God's will, hence "Godshill". The upper stage of the tower with pinnacles was built in the 16th century.

The ring of six bells were all cast by Llewellins and James of Bristol in 1887, replacing the previous bells of 1815 by Mears & Stainbank of London. It is one of the few complete rings by this founder remaining.

The cannons on the top of each bell were removed by John Taylor of Loughborough in 1934 (previously the tenor weight was 9-1-2) as part of the work of retuning (some would say "tuning") and rehanging on ball bearings in a new metal frame. All bells are inscribed Cast by Llewellins and James, Bristol, 1887.

Treble In memory of
The Jubilee of Queen Victoria 1887
Thomas Ratcliffe Vicar
Albert Morse )
William Renolds ) Churchwardens

Ring, ring, ye bells & sweetly tell
that Christ has conquered death and hell
3-3-13 F
2 With loving voice I call to Church and prayer
and bid the living for the grave prepare
3-3-27 D#
3 The public raised us with a liberal hand
we come with harmony to cheer the land
4-2-16 C#
4 When female virtue weds with manly worth
we catch the rapture and we speed it forth
5-2-26 C
5 Here let us pause and now with one accord
salute the Church Triumphant in the Lord
6-1-0 A#
Tenor May all whom I shall summon to the grave
the blessing of a well-spent life receive
8-3-7 G#