Shippards Chine - The Long Stone and Mottistone Manor

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The Long Stone on Mottistone Common is the remains of a Neolithic long barrow with surviving entrance stones. It may have been a moot or assembly point in early Anglo-Saxon times, leading to the place-name of Mottistone, which means 'the stone of the speakers'. Mottistone Common was an area of open heath used as grazing land in medieval and early post-medieval times. There is some evidence of sand digging. Mottistone Estate was acquired by The National Trust in 1963. Plantations on Mottistone Common were damaged by storms of 1987 and 1990. Subsequently, most trees were cleared. Heathland is now being re-established by the National Trust and a private landowner.

Mottistone Manor is mainly 16th and 17th Centuries; the gardens were created in 1970s and modified c.2005.

Mottistone Church of St Peter and St Paul is circa 12th Century. Much of the visible architecture dates from the 15th Century. It consists of a nave with narrow aisles and a chancel with a north chapel and a small tower at the west end. The details of the nave arcades, with their pointed double splayed arches, curious capitals, octagonal shafts and spurred bases, are of the middle of the 13th Century, c1250–60. The bases of the columns and responds of the south arcade are similar to those at Brighstone, but the capitals follow those of the north arcade and this aisle was probably added late in the 13th or early in the 14th Century. In the 15th Century the tower was added at the west end. It is built of small slate-like stones here found in abundance on the shore and has a projecting string-course 7ft from the top supporting an embattled parapet, the whole being finished with an octagonal spire). About the end of the century the chancel was rebuilt of such dimensions as to dwarf the earlier nave and a chantry was added by the Cheke family on the north side, with its triple arcade very similar to that at Brighstone. Square-headed windows were at the same time inserted in the north and south walls of the nave. The outer plinth at the east end is ornamented with grotesque carvings and over the south door of the chancel, which has a water groove in the rebate, a head carved as a corbel has been inserted. Over the jamb of the east window of the south aisle is a narrow opening, probably for a sanctus bell. There is an octagonal oak pulpit of the 17th Century. In 1863 a good deal of injudicious restoration was undertaken. The early 12th-Century doorway in the west wall and the original chancel arch gave place to the present creations and the church was generally touched up, rendering a correct reading of its architectural history a difficult matter. In the new lynchgate is inserted the remains of a credence in which is placed part of a 13th-Century stoup. The tower contains one bell.

England - South England - Isle of Wight - Coast


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, National Trust, Public Transport, Sea, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
10/19/2011 - Walkingworld Admin

Roy Davenport reports that he has revisited this walk and all is OK. October 2011. Adrian (Admin)

4/12/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Roy Davenport tells us that he has completed this walk and all is OK. April 2011. Adrian (Admin)

12/30/2009 - Robin Philpott

I did this walk on 23/12/09 and it's very enjoyable. The stretch along the road from points 2 to 4 is a bit grim, but the rest makes it worthwhile.

5/21/2009 - Roy Davenport

Walked April 2009 - all ok - loss of some of the path due to coastal erosion but walkers creating paths off to the side.

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