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 19th October 2017 at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Common Worship
Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Bell Ringing Practice
Thursday 26th October 2017 at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Bell Ringing Practice
Thursday 2nd November 2017 at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Jt. All Souls Service
Saturday 4th November 2017 at 5:00 PM for 1 hour
Remembrance Service
Sunday 12th November 2017 at 2:00 PM for 1 hour
Jt. Advent Service
Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Carol Service
Sunday 17th December 2017 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Monday 25th December 2017 at 11:00 AM 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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The current editor is: Lynette Atkinson

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This page was last updated on Tuesday 26th September 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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