Friday, 19 April 2013

IOW Part 3........

Another hearty breakfast set us up for the journey to Godshill, located between Newport and Ventnor in the southeast of the Island.  A beautiful village with it's thatched properties,

quaint restaurants,

and pubs.  One of the pubs offered a unique service,
 Chocolate shops,
tea rooms,
quirky courtyards,

 and it's 14th century church, the Church Of Lily Cross.

The name 'Godshill' is said to originate from the foundations of the local church being moved from the bottom of the hill to its present location on the top of the hill on three occasions whilst it was being built. This was taken to be a sign from God that the church should be built on the hill, hence the name Godshill.  We were allowed to take photographs inside the church, which I am happy about because it means I get to show it to you.
Godshill also has a model village.

On our journey to our next destination we passed the famous Parkhurst prison.
Parkhurst prison is one of the two prisons that make up HMP Isle of Wight, the other being Albany. Parkhurst and Albany were once amongst the few top-security prisons (called "Dispersals" because they dispersed the more troublesome prisoners rather than concentrated them all in one place) in the United Kingdom, but were downgraded in the 1990's.  The downgrading of Parkhurst was preceded by a major escape: three prisoners (two murderers and a blackmailer) made their way out of the prison on 3 January 1995 to enjoy four days of freedom before being recaptured. One of them, Keith Rose, is an amateur pilot. During those four days, they were living rough in a shed in a garden in Ryde, having failed to steal a plane from the local airclub.  A programme entitled Britain's Island Fortess was made about this prison escape for National Geographic Channel's Breakout documentary series.

Parkhurst enjoyed notoriety as one of the toughest jails in the British Isles. Many notable criminals, including the Richardson brothers, the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, Moors Murderer Ian Brady and the Kray twins, were incarcerated there.

Our next stop was Cowes.  West Cowes is located on the west bank of the estuary of the River Medina facing the smaller town of East Cowes on the east bank of the river. The two towns are linked by the Cowes Floating Bridge, a chain ferry.

Cowes has been seen as a home for international yacht racing since the founding of the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1815. The town gives its name to the world's oldest regular regatta, Cowes Week, which occurs annually in the first week of August. Later on in the summer, powerboat races are held.   It is believed that the building of an 80 ton, 60-man vessel called Rat O'Wight on the banks of the river Medina in 1589 for the use of Queen Elizabeth I sowed the seed for Cowes to grow into a world renowned centre of boat-building.   However, seafaring for recreation and sport remained the exception rather than the rule until much later. It was not until the reign of keen sailor George IV that the stage was set for the heyday of Cowes as 'The Yachting Capital of the World.' In 1826 the Royal Yacht Squadron organised a three-day regatta for the first time and the next year the king signified his approval of the event by presenting a cup to mark the occasion. Hence the start of Cowes Regatta which soon grew into a four-day event that always ended with a fireworks display.

 Much of the town's architecture is still heavily influenced by the style of ornate building which Prince Albert popularised.

In earlier centuries the two settlements were much smaller and known as East and West Shamblord or Shamelhorde, the East being the more significant settlement.   The Isle of Wight was a target of attempted French invasions, and there were notable incursions.  Henrician Castles were built in both settlements in the sixteenth century. The west fort in Cowes still survives to this day, albeit without the original Tudor towers, as Cowes Castle. The fort built in East Cowes is believed to have been similar but was abandoned c1546 and since destroyed.

Walking round the streets of Cowes we were never very far from the sea.

Of course we found a little pub to have lunch and some ale.

After a great day out, seeing much of the island, it was time to head back to the hotel.  We had time to have a short rest before getting ready for another delicious dinner, after which we enjoyed a game of Bingo!

Join me again for IOW Part 4 when we visit the naval dockyard at nearby Portsmouth on the mainland.


Cloudia said...

I've been to Ventnor New Jersey USA

Fun visit

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Valerie said...

The houses with the thatched roofs are fabulous. I wish one of them was mine :o) Interesting post, Pearl, and great pictures of the IoW.

Akelamalu said...

Oh there's a Ventnor in the USA too Cloudia? :)

I really wanted on eof those thatched houses Valerie, I bet they cost and arm and a leg though! Glad you enjoyed the pics. x

mrsnesbitt said...

Loved it Pearl. Looking forward to Part 4. Dxx

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

oh my gosh, those old buildings are amazing... i just think about the many people that have been there before and their lives and how times have changed through the many years and how it might change in the future...

hugs, bee

Akelamalu said...

Glad you enjoyed it Denise. Did you see the previous post about our meet-up?

Those thatched buildings are fabulous Bee and it's fascinating to think how many people have lived in them.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I love those thatched roofs. Pretty pictures. Except for the prison. Nothing nice about those.

Akelamalu said...

No nothing nice about prisons Yvonne but unfortunately they're necessary. I love the thatched roofs too. :)

Daryl said...

i love the thatched roofs and that model village ... what an incredible church ... the history there is tangible even in photos!

Adam said...

nice sail boats

Banker Chick said...

I had to think a little about a husband crèche but figured it out myself. I first became acquainted with model village in Midsomer Murders and thought it was a delightful concept.

G-Man said...


Come back...come back...come back

Finding Pam said...

I never tire of seeing photos of your trips. The architure of the church and the quaint thatched building are incredible. So much history. Thank you for sharing.

Ron said...

Okay, can I just tell you how much I enjoyed this post! OMG...that little village is ADORABLE! Makes me want to LIVE there!

You see, this is what a love about Europe, all that wonderful history and architecture.

I laughed so hard at the photo of you standing next to that sign outside the pub. How FUNNY!

Beeeautiful photos of the church. Just beautiful!

As always, m'dear, I always enjoy your travel post so much because you have a wonderful way of making us feel as though we were there with you.

Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend!


Japolina said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos! Looks fantastic.

Akelamalu said...

Godshill is a beautiful place Daryl

Yes they are Adam

Model villages are cute BankerChick :)

G-man I hope you read my post like I read yours, and didn't just come over just looking for a 55? ;)

So glad you enjoyed the photos Pam x

I knew you would love Godshill Ron, you really must come and see all this for yourself. x

Thanks Japolina, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it.

Vanessa V Kilmer said...

Wow, what a lovely place. I'd love to visit there. And the pub where you drop your husband - brilliant.

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MorningAJ said...

It all looks amazing. I think it might end up on my list of places to visit.

Beach Bum said...

Totally awesome, would love to visit and soak up that atmosphere, especially the pub.

richies said...

Godshill looks so quaint and charming!
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Travis Cody said...

As always I enjoy the way you show us the places in pictures and provide some interesting bits of history.

CrystalChick said...

I'm about an hour from Ventnor... New Jersey! LOL!

What a lovely village! The quaint shops... tea, chocolate, pubs, the old church. And those neat thatched houses. Just charming.
Of course, the history of the prison is neat too.

Bingo! Haven't played in years. Sounds fun.