Monday, 6 June 2016

THROUGH MY LENS - Bonchurch and E. Cowes I.O.W (Part 1)

Last March when I was visiting my daughter Gillian on the Isle of Wight, she took me to Bonchurch, a quintessentially small quiet English village with quaint cottages and a small selection of village shops.  Bonchurch nestles below the stunning St. Boniface Down, the highest point on the Island and that is where my daughter said we were walking to the top of!  All this week I will be sharing the photographs I took on that morning. Let us start our walk from the village.

These were some of the properties we passed through the village.

This is the church rebuilt in 1070.

The nave and chancel dates from the 11th century, with the bell cote dating from the 16th century as does the bell. The south porch was added in the 19th century.  It was replaced by St. Boniface Church, Bonchurch in 1848 but despite contemporary discussions about demolition, survives. After the new church was built the old church went into a long sleep and wasn't used for decades.

The poet Algernon Charles Swinburne spent his boyhood in Bonchurch, at East Dene, and was buried in 1909 at Bonchurch New Church, his grave being the subject of a poem by Thomas Hardy. He had an atheist funeral which was picketted in protest by his relatives. In the 20th Century Henry De Vere Stacpoole lived in the village for over 40 years, and was buried here in 1951.

In the mid to late 19th Century, Bonchurch developed into a fashionable centre for writers and artists. Celebrated Victorians such as Charles Dickens, Thomas Carlyle, and Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay came here and stayed in large villas that they rented, often for the season. 

I hope you can read the above as it is quite interesting.

The presence of a water spring is believed to be the reason why humans first settled in the area where present-day Bonchurch is located. A prehistoric race lived in the are around the Undercliff, land which was wild forest. Evidence has also been found showing that men that lived during the Stone Age had lived near to the water spring.  Five burial mounds have been discovered at St. Boniface Down. Evidence has also been discovered showing that the Romans established a settlement in the area.  Read more about this place at

Now I think we will stop here for a break but look in tomorrow to see what birds I saw that morning and then on Wednesday be prepared for the climb. The good news is after we come down we find a very interesting cafe for lunch.

I am linking this post with THROUGH MY LENS.

Many thanks for visiting and walking along with me and also for the comments.


  1. What a lovely place. The sheer age blows me away.

  2. Wonderful images, so much history.. which I love.

  3. Good morning Margaret,
    so beautifull the photos from the old curch!
    Have you seen the ghost from Charles Dickens?? ;-)
    I like your photos with a nice light!
    Have a lucky week!
    Greetings from Hamburg,

  4. Interesting post Margaret. I really like the Arch with the wrought iron gates & those beautiful green doors

  5. What a wonderful trip with so much to see and so much history. It was fascinating to read all of the details. I love historical buildings with stories to tell.
    Thank you for sharing... I really enjoyed my trip and look forward to seeing more
    Have a great day.

  6. Very interesting post and photos - I love Bonchurch - it really is a lovely village. Did you see the pond? The church is charming and has such a lovely atmosphere. Look forward to reading more :)

  7. fantastic scenes Margaret.

  8. I love all the unique buildings! Thanks for taking us along on your tour.

  9. Really interesting history and gorgeous old buildings. The church is lovely!
    Great photos, Margaret!

  10. We have nothing this old here-lovely!

  11. Marvellous buildings in such good repair! Great photos Margaret!

  12. Bonchurch is just wonderful! Like a walk back in time. I think my favorites are the inside of the church, and that beautiful wide green door. You will have to go far on your next post to beat the beauty of this one!

  13. Laura and I would spend hours lurking there.... Thanks for sharing.

  14. what a quaint and historic place, awesome captures, the spring is amazing!!!!

  15. What a marvellous day for such an interesting walk.

  16. A marvelous place. Thanks for taking me on your visit!