"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Isle of Wight - St John the Baptist, Niton

I didn't manage to visit as many churches as I would have liked during the holiday but the Parish Church of St John the Baptist was very close to the cottage so I made a couple of visits to look round the churchyard (on that occasion the church was shut) and then another visit to see the interior of the church although I did visit it a few years ago when we stayed in the same cottage.

It is good to see some areas of the churchyard haven't been mown.

Edward Edwards monument

Edward Edwards co-founded public libraries. He is buried in the churchyard

The medieval market cross stands on what was originally the village green. Legal documents would have been signed and witnessed here. The cross at the top was added in 1874 and was designed by Joseph Clarke.

I wonder if the metal contraption around this grave was used to deter grave robbers?

I loved this stone face I found on the east wall of the church.

Unfortunately I only discovered after I returned home that the people killed in the lighthouse in the bombing raid during World War 2 were buried in the churchyard otherwise I would have looked for their graves.

The church is Norman but there was probably a place of worship at this location for much longer as the church was given to the Benedictine Abbey of Lire, Normandy, in 1070.

The church door is very old and studded with handmade nails.

Stained Glass

The next 3 windows are Victorian

Angel Gabriel who visited Zecharia to tell him his prayers for a son would be answered.

Zecharia's wife Elizabeth who will give birth and

Zechariah with a thurible symbolising his priesthood.

The Arnold Memorial window with Coats of Arms is dedicated to Henrietta Jane Arnold who was widowed and the left hand panel shows the window of Nain whose son died and was resurrected by Jesus. The right hand panel shows Jesus surrounded by children.

The left panel shows Christ resurrected and on the right he is blessing his disciples - unusually he is using his left hand for the blessing.

This window links the story of John the Baptist with the Goodman Kirkpatricks, local bankers and landowners who were benefactors of the church.

The bottom right hand pane contains the dedication to Richard Temple Gordon Kirkpatrick and the top panels show the Angel Gabriel visiting Zechariah in a temple and his wife Elizabeth telling Mary that she is pregnant. The centre panels show St John the Baptist with his parents and then as an adult wearing purple baptising Jesus. Bottom left shows Jesus with his disciples and St John the Baptist. The remaining panel with the dedication also shows St John the Baptist criticising King Herod and his wife Herodias over their incestuous marriage.

East Window

The font from around 1070 is the oldest item in the church and possibly pre-dates it. The bowl is hewn from solid stone and there is a cable pattern around the rim. The cover was added in 1957.

George Arnold Memorial

The White Lion - a hundred yards or so from the cottage where we had several meals.

More photos of Ye Olde Cottage

All photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera

The final holiday post will include a visit to Yarmouth Castle

Reference - Two leaflets on St John the Baptist church