St. Alban’s Church in the Parish of Godshill was founded in 1889 as a chapel-of-ease in the Parish of Godshill to counterbalance the extreme evangelicalism that was prevalent in Ventnor Town in the 19th Century. St. Alban’s offer traditional Anglo-Catholic worship and music to a remarkably high standard for a small yet friendly congregation in the best tradition that Anglicanism has to offer.
Placing special emphases on bereavement and healing ministries, we hold many events throughout the year catering for the special times in the liturgical year and family life.
St. Alban The Martyr Church – on the hill, is one of those hidden gems of Ventnor, hidden because it’s situated on the hill in the quiet cul-de-sac of St. Alban’s Road and next to St. Alban’s Steps that used to be the main pedestrian route between upper and lower Ventnor. A ‘gem’ because of its fine architecture, superb acoustics and many interesting artefacts – including many original items of worship from our former 1889 ‘Tin’ tabernacle and our own fossilised aquatics in the Purbeck marble columns of our current 1920s permanent stone church.
You are welcome to worship with us whatever your church background, we welcome all to come worship with us in a traditional sung Anglo-Catholic service. Services are held twice a week at St. Alban’s, Sundays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. We also hold Mass on the flat at St. Margaret’s Hall, Lowtherville – Upper Ventnor.
We have many special services and concerts throughout the year, so please do keep an eye out for notices within the local community. We look forward to welcoming you to our Church of St. Alban – in the most traditional atmosphere of Anglican worship.
St. Alban’s was the late Sir John Betjeman’s favoured church on the island.
Below are two beautiful stained glass windows, the creation of Sir Ninian Comper (1864-1960), Scottish-born architect, great friend of Sir John Betjeman and noted for his churches and their furnishings.
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