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Old postcards are sometimes poorly produced and grainy, I've done my best to scan them.
Dates are from the card or my estimate (where possible). The maker of the card is shown in brackets (where available).
'This delightful resort does not share the antiquity of neighbouring Yarmouth nor of nearby Freshwater which lost some of its acres in 1875 to form the Parish of Totland, but it is justly proud of its lovely setting and the splendours of its sunsets that leave a lasting impression on the beholder. The place took its name from the bay it overlooks, spelling it in various ways since the early 17th century.'
From 'Christ Church Totland Bay' by Jack Wheeler 1976
Totland is in some ways a continuation of Freshwater. If you continue west from the end of Freshwater shopping centre almost immediately enter the parish of Totland. (Sweetman)
Christ Church, Totland Bay (the Parish Church), above, is relatively recent for churches on the Island. In 1869 a temporary church of wood was erected opposite the present church. This was re-erected on Totland beach where it served as a village reading room and library and subsequently as an annex to the Totland Bay hotel. The current church was finished and consecrated in 1875. The extension to the left was built in 1905. The card is dated 1909.
The lych-gate (above left) was built in 1906. It is not is alignment with the church (as is normal with such structures) as it was build with the assumption there would be a further extension to the church (which was never built) to bring it into alignment. The wood used reputedly came from H.M.S. Thunderer which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar.
St Saviours Roman Catholic Church was built in 1923 financed by the Ward family ,who owned the Weston Manor Estate. Prior to this the chapel (built in 1871) at that estate was used for worship. Services are still held in that chapel from time to time. Picture of the inside of the church.
Weston is on the road between Freshwater Bay and Alum Bay
Freshwater | Totland | Alum Bay and the Needles | Yarmouth | Shalfleet | Newtown | Calbourne | Carisbrooke Castle | Carisbrooke | Newport | Cowes and Gurnard | Osborne House | Wootton & Fishbourne | Quarr & Binstead | Ryde | Seaview | Bembridge | Brading | Sandown | Shanklin | Godshill | Arreton Valley | Ventnor | St Lawrence and the Undercliff | St Catherine's Lighthouse's | Niton | Blackgang Chine | Blackgang and Chale | Brighstone and Shorwell | Mottistone to Compton
29 July 2010