St Agnes' Church, Freshwater

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St. Agnes' Church, Freshwater
St Agnes' Church, Freshwater Bay - - 107138.jpg
50°40′24″N 01°31′03″W / 50.67333°N 1.51750°W / 50.67333; -1.51750Coordinates: 50°40′24″N 01°31′03″W / 50.67333°N 1.51750°W / 50.67333; -1.51750
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
Dedication St. Agnes
Parish Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Diocese Portsmouth
Province Canterbury
The interior of the church.

St. Agnes' Church, Freshwater is a parish church in the Church of England located in Freshwater, Isle of Wight.


The church dates from 1908 and is by the architect Isaac Jones.[1]

Tennyson's son, Hallam donated land for a new church in Freshwater Bay. Hallam's wife Audrey suggested that the church be named for St. Agnes. St. Agnes Church was consecrated 12 August 1908.[2] It is the only thatched church on the Isle of Wight.[3][4][5]

The stone used to build the Church came from an old and derelict farm house on Hooke Hill, Freshwater, and the date stone 1622 [sic] was incorporated into the vestry wall, thus rather misleading those who may think the Church belonged to the 17th century".[6]

Parish status[edit]

The church is in a united parish with All Saints' Church, Freshwater.


A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.


  1. ^ The Buildings of England, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Nikolaus Pevsner
  2. ^ Freshwater Isle of Wight Page 2, Steve Shafleet, Isle of Wight Historic Postcards website, 26 December 2006
  3. ^ St Agnes Church, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, Norman Atkinson, Flickr website, 14 January 2008.
  4. ^ West Wight, Official Isle of Wight Tourism, 2007
  5. ^ St Agnes Church, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, Mark Collins and Alan Loze, Roughwood website, 2003
  6. ^ Leaflet "St. Agnes Church, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight". Freshwater Series J No. 48