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For the village in the New Forest in Hampshire, see Godshill, Hampshire.
Thatched cottages in Godshill.JPG
Thatched cottages in Godshill
Godshill is located in Isle of Wight
 Godshill shown within the Isle of Wight
Population 1,459 (2011)
OS grid reference SZ527817
Civil parish Godshill
Unitary authority Isle of Wight
Ceremonial county Isle of Wight
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town VENTNOR
Postcode district PO38
Dialling code 01983
Police Hampshire
Fire Isle of Wight
Ambulance Isle of Wight
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Isle of Wight
List of places
Isle of Wight

Coordinates: 50°38′00″N 1°15′17″W / 50.63327°N 1.25466°W / 50.63327; -1.25466

Godshill Church, circa 1910.
Godshill Model Village

Godshill is a village and civil parish[1] on the Isle of Wight with a population of 1,465 according to the 2001 census,[2] reducing slightly to 1,459 at the 2011 Census.[3] It is located between Newport and Ventnor in the southeast of the Island.[4]


Caption: Is one of the prettiest villages in the island. - From the Beautiful Britain series, The Isle of Wight, by G. E. Mitton.

Ford Farm near Godshill was the site of the first ever Isle of Wight Festival in 1968. It attracted 10,000 people to see acts such as Jefferson Airplane and the mystical Arthur Brown.[5]

Godshill Park House dates from about 1760 and was built as a home farm to serve the Appuldurcombe Estate. In around 1860 the house was extended, adding the Regency front and became a private residence. It was used in the Second World War as an army hospital.


Godshill has pubs called the "Griffin"- featuring a large griffin-shaped maze and children's playground,[6] and "The Taverners".

Public transport is provided by Southern Vectis buses on route 2 and route 3, which run between Newport, Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor.[7][8]


Godshill is part of the electoral ward called Godshill and Wroxall. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 3,212.[9]

Godshill model village[edit]

Since 1952 Godshill has been the home of a model village of itself and Shanklin's old village at a scale of 1:10. It is so detailed and on such a large scale that it contains a scale model of the model village. Within that second model there is a third, even smaller model of the village.[10]

All Saints' Church[edit]

The parish church is All Saints' Church. It is a medieval building noted for its medieval wall painting of a Lily crucifix, and has a stained glass window by William Morris.


  1. ^ "English Parishes and Welsh communities N&C 2004". www.statistics.gov.uk. 2004. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
  2. ^ "2001 Census Neighbourhood Statistics - Civil Parishes on the Isle of Wight". www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Pictures of England - Location map of Godshill". www.picturesofengland.com. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Isle of Wight Festival History - 1968". www.isleofwightfestvial.com. Archived from the original on 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Isle of Wight Tourist Guide - The Griffin in Godshill". www.isleofwighttouristguide.com. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Southern Vectis - bus route 2". www.islandbuses.info. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  8. ^ "Southern Vectis - bus route 3". www.islandbuses.info. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  9. ^ "Godshill and Wroxall ward population 2011". Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Isle of Wight Attractions - The Model Village, Godshill". www.iowight.com. Retrieved 2008-09-30.