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Godshill Town Information

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Godshill - Photo: Isle of Wight Tourism
Godshill - Photo: Isle of Wight Tourism

This delicately handsome village is noted for its thatched cottages and square-towered, 14th century church, which has a unique painting on its east wall. The building is known as ‘The Church of the Lily Cross’ because the mural depicts Christ crucified on a triple-branched lily. Nothing similar exists in Britain. The motif was only discovered in the middle of the 19th century (it had been whitewashed during the Reformation). Godshill also has a model village. According to legend, the first Saxon church was built a few miles from here after the requisite number of stones were mysteriously transferred to the site over three successive nights. A miracle!