Safe…Behind the Castle Walls
Saint Nicholas Chapel, Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
There has been a Chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas on this spot since at 1086 when it was recorded in the Domesday Book, so no doubt it is considerably older than that. It has been reincarnated over the years numerous times but substantially within the same footprint of the original walls.
Dwarfed by its location safely behind Carisbrooke Castle Walls it has seen Kings, Queens, Prince and Princesses plus a great many Noblemen of the Realm. Despite its location within Carisbrooke it has for most of its religious life been the independent local Parish Church.
The Chapel you see today is the result of the ‘latest’ rebuilding and restoration in 1904.
Whilst the exterior is rather plain the interior is much more ornate. It has also been adopted by the Island as its War Memorial to commemorate over 2000 island men killed on the two World Wars. Their names are engraved on the walls.
The wood was specially selected….it is from HMS Nettle one of the very last wooden warships in the Royal Naval Fleet. But it is the ceiling that immediately grabs your attention…thoughtfully a mirror has been set into the floor to help visitors view the intricate designs
The Privy Garden, Saint Nicholas Chapel.
Also now known as The Princess Beatrice Garden and is a 2009 redesign based upon the original layout.
Chapel, Gardens and Castle all worth a visit….but give yourselves plenty of time as there is so much to explore
(C) David Oakes 2016