St Olave's Church, Gatcombe

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St. Olave's Church, Gatcombe
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50°39′49″N 01°18′15″W / 50.66361°N 1.30417°W / 50.66361; -1.30417Coordinates: 50°39′49″N 01°18′15″W / 50.66361°N 1.30417°W / 50.66361; -1.30417
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
History
Dedication St. Olave's
Administration
Parish Gatcombe
Diocese Portsmouth
Province Canterbury

St. Olave's Church, Gatcombe is a parish church in the Church of England located in Gatcombe, Isle of Wight.

History[edit]

Building began on the site in the 13th century and the church was dedicated in 1292. It originally served the Estur family as a chapel to Gatcombe House. The manor later passed into the hands of the Worsley family who provided the church with both financial support and a number of Rectors.

The tower contains three bells which are hung dead.[1]

The churchyard contains Commonwealth war graves, of an officer and sergeant of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve from World War II.[2]

Stained glass[edit]

The church is noted for its stained glass by William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and Edward Burne-Jones,[3] dating from 1865 and 1866. Rossetti founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with which Morris, Brown and Burne-Jones were associated.

Tomb and effigy[edit]

The tomb of Edward Estur, a Knight of the Crusades, is located in the church. A carved wooden effigy marks the location. An angel is by his head and a dog by his foot.

Organ[edit]

The organ is by Henry Speechley and dates from 1919. It was overhauled in 2000 by Griffiths & Cooper and incorporated pipework from an organ in Upper Chine School, Shanklin. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Buildings of England, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Nikolaus Pevsner
  2. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery report, details from casualty record.
  3. ^ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-392705-church-of-st-olave-gatcombe-