Godshill village can be found between Newport and Ventnor on the Isle of Wight it is a picture postcard village with pretty thatched cottages picturesque shops and charming little cafes and pubs.
Here you will find Godshill model village, a popular attraction with a scaled down replica of the village and of the old village in Shanklin. Those with a keen eye will notice that the Godshill model includes a small model of the model village and in that model village is an even smaller replica of the model village – now that is detailed.
The tea rooms in Godshill have long been an attraction to visitors and have attracted some Royal visitor over the years including Princess Beatrice who brought her daughter Queen Ena of Spain for tea at the Griffin – it is still a popular place for visitors and children love visiting the large griffin-shaped hedge maze.
With its large free car park, Godshill is the most visited village on the Island with many of the local attractions remaining open all year round.
Godshill Church: All Saints
Dates from the14th century and is the fourth built on this site. The hill on which the church stands was once used by pagans as a place of worship and legend tells that the building of a church was begun at the foot of the hill but that on three successive nights stones were removed from the site and placed in the place of the present church although no one saw them being moved and for the first two mornings work was restarted at the foot but by the third day it was assumed that God wished the church to be built on the hill, hence the name Godshill.
The first ever Isle of Wight Festival back in 1968 was held nearby at Ford Farm (now a holiday accommodation) and attracted 10,000 people to the Island.
The village is one of the ancient parishes that existed before the compilation of the Domesday Book back when the village was spelt ‘Godeshulle’. The church was given by William Fitz-Osbern, who died in 1070, to the Abbey of Lyra in Normandy.
Godshill Park House dates from about 1760 and was built as a home farm to serve the Appuldurcombe Estate. In around 1860 the house was extended, adding the Regency front and became a private residence. It was used in the Second World War as an army hospital.