St. Alban The Martyr Church-on-the-hill, in the Parish of Godshill, was founded in 1889 as a chapel-of-ease in the Parish of Godshill to counterbalance the extreme evangelicalism that was prevalent in Ventnor Town in the 19th Century. The current St. Alban's Church building, built in the Romanesque style to the design of the Ventnor architect Mr F.M. Coley, was consecrated on St. Alban's Day 1923. Although currency in vacancy, we hope to have a new priest in place in 2023.
St. Alban’s offers traditional Anglo-Catholic worship for a small yet friendly congregation in the best tradition that Anglicanism has to offer. It is one of those hidden gems of Ventnor, hidden because it’s situated on the hill in the quiet cul-de-sac of St. Alban’s Road and next to St. Alban’s Steps that used to be the main pedestrian route between upper and lower Ventnor. A ‘gem’ because of its fine architecture, superb acoustics and many interesting artefacts – including many original items of worship from our former 1889 ‘Tin’ tabernacle and our own fossilised aquatics in the Purbeck marble columns of our current 1920's, permanent stone church.
As part of the parish of Godshill: All Saints is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Portsmouth’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."
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