Chale: St Andrew, Chale

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St Andrew’s, Chale, was dedicated by the Bishop of Winchester in 1114.  The church was built by Hugo de Vernon, Lord of the Manor of Chale, and its patronage has been held by Langford, Pounds, Worsleys and now by Keble College, Oxford.  Over the years the building was extended and the fine perpendicular tower, with its quatrefoil panels at the base of the western buttresses, was built in the 15th century.  It is said to be the earliest square-roofed perpendicular tower on the Island. It has two rows of fine pierced ornaments and unusual traceried windows in the belfry, unfortunately cut by the modern clock faces.

There is a peal of six bells in the tower.  Five of them were hung by John Taylor & Co. in 1897, the treble being cast and hung in 1946.  The oldest bell is the 3rd and thought to have been cast in the 14th century by the anonymous "R".  The tenor bell is dated 1628 but was recast in 1896, the same year that the 2nd bell was cast.  The 4th and 5th bells were also recast by John Taylor & Co.

Every window in the church is a stained glass window, and at the same time, a memorial.  Six of the windows were made by Charles E. Kempe, a renowned Victorian stained glass designer and manufacturer.  His windows were regarded as the best, and one of his 'trademarks' was that of peacock feathers used to show the angels' wings.

The church is now within the benefice of Niton, Whitwell and St Lawrence.



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Mr. Sven Tester
Chale, I.W.
01983 551486 (Churchwarden) or 01983 730582 (Lynette Atkinson, Safeguarding Representative )

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Bell ringing practice
Thursday 27th April 2017 at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Saturday 29th April 2017 at 11:30 AM for 1 hour
Bell ringing practice
Thursday 4th May 2017 at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Niton joint benefice service
Sunday 7th May 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Bell ringing practice
Thursday 11th May 2017 at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Holy Communion
Saturday 13th May 2017 at 5:00 PM for 1 hour
Bell ringing practice
Thursday 18th May 2017 at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Sunday 21st May 2017 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Bell ringing practice
Thursday 25th May 2017 at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Holy Communion
Sunday 28th May 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Wedding Blessing
Sunday 28th May 2017 at 2:00 PM for 1 hour
Saturday 24th June 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Church Tower Open
The church tower will be open to the public to watch the yachts go by (weather permitting) on the Round the Island Yacht Race day.
Saturday 1st July 2017 at 9:00 AM for 2 hours
Saturday 2nd September 2017 at 2:30 PM for 1 hour


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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 16807
Built: 1114ad
Our Patron: Keble College
Archdeaconry: Isle of Wight (292)
Deanery: Isle of Wight (29203)
Benefice: Chale (29/022 T)
Parish Legal Name: Chale (290163 )
CofE Church Info: (629163 29/163)
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This page was last updated on Friday 14th April 2017
Chale: St Andrew : Church Place, Chale, Isle of Wight, PO38 2HA - Situated on the corner of Church Place and the Military Road, coast end of Chale.

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