It rained quite heavily on the Thursday morning. In the end we popped along the coast to Ventnor.
This small Heritage Museum was very interesting and had lots of information on the local area including Niton and Chale.
Rubbish crop and photo but we liked this picture of Niton in 1903
and here's the Buddle Inn in the early 1900's.
Ventnor Spring Hill Gardens - local volunteers renovated what was once a derelict garden. The gardens include a memorial to "Jimbo" a past leader of the Ventnor Comical Jazz Band.
Had a rather delicious home-made icecream in this shop.
By the time we returned to Niton it had stopped raining so a short walk round more bridleways and footpaths. A few random photos....
I didn't walk far along the coast path here - it was very narrow and on the right was a very sheer drop (under all the vegetation)!
I'd been meaning to pay a visit to the Parish Church of St John the Baptist all week - as you can see it was very close to the cottage.
The church is Norman but, as with many churches, it is likely it was a place of worship for much longer. The church was given to the Benedictine Abbey of Lire in Normandy in 1070. There was probably a Saxon church here prior to this as many Norman churches are built on Saxon foundations.
The ancient church door is studded with hand-made nails. Even today important church notices legally have to be posted on the door because it is the portal of the church and the one door that everyone has to pass through to enter the church.
The church features work by modern artists and the paintings below are by John Reilly. He originally had a pottery in Ventnor but in 1981 he ceased ceramic work to concentrate on his paintings. The artist commented that he was "trying to paint the glory of God and through that the meaning of life."
The church is dedicated to St John the Baptist and his story can be seen in many of the windows around the church. Unfortunately I couldn't get a photo of one of the windows as you could only see it through a kitchen door"
The next 3 windows are believed to be late Victorian depict the Angel Gabriel who visited Zechariah to tell him that his prayers for a son would be answered,Zechariah's wife Elizabeth in the second window who would give birth and the 3rd window shows Zechariah with a thurible signifying his priesthood.
This window shows Christ resurrected on the left and on the right he is blessing his Disciples - unusually using his left hand.
The Arnold Memorial Window
This window links the story of John the Baptist with the Goodman Kirkpatricks, local landowners and bankers, who were benefactors of the church.
A few close-ups of the Stained Glass
The font dated around 1070 is the oldest item in the church and may even pre-date it. The bowl is hewn from solid stone and there is cable moulding round the rim. The commemorative lid was added in 1957.
The Medieval market cross is located on what was once the village green. It was once a place of exchange and sale and legal documents were signed and witnessed here. The cross, designed by Joseph Clarke, was added in 1874.
The Edward Edwards Monument. Edward Edwards, who is buried in the churchyard, co-founded public libraries and it is thanks to him that most towns now have a library.
We returned to the Buddle Inn in the evening for a meal on our last evening of the holiday.
Final post will be short!! Just a few photos from the last morning of the holiday as we caught the ferry at one o'clock.
Reference : "The Windows of the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Niton, Isle of Wight"
"Welcome to the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Niton, Isle of Wight"
Various Information Boards around the Church