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
Dedication St. Olave's
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.


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.


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.


  1. ^ The Buildings of England, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Nikolaus Pevsner
  2. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery report, details from casualty record.
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