St Saviour on the Cliff, Shanklin
St Saviour's stands alongside the clifftop path near the cliff lift at the southern end of Shanklin. It was designed by Thomas Hellyer of Ryde. The foundation stone was laid on Ascension Day in 1867. The first phase of the building - nave, chancel vestry and organ chamber was consecrated by Bishop Ryan, formerly the first Bishop of Mauritius, on May 7th 1869. The south aisle and porch were added in 1871, the north aisle and church hall five years later. To complete the church the tower and spire were added in 1887, eight bells manufactured by Mears & Stainbank of Whitechapel were installed in 1888. The narthex, now known as the Galilee porch and the baptistery appeared in 1905.
The Nave altar is where the Parish Mass is celebrated on Sundays and holydays. The High altar, the Lady Chapel and Memorial Chapel are used every week for weekday Masses. St Saviour's maintains the very highest standards of worship, it stands within the modern catholic tradition - colour, music, ceremonial, incense and vestments feature in our worship. The music forms an integral and important part of the worship at St Saviour's. The two manual organ is by J W Walker and was installed in 1874. On the north wall, there is a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, and a Cell of the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham has been established within the Benefice. Every Sunday at the end of the Mass depending on the season, the Angelus, Salve Regina or Regina Caeli is sung.
The church holds a spiritual presence with the Blessed Sacrament reserved permanently in the tabernacle on the High altar.
After the Parish Mass on Sunday refreshments are served and we encourage people to stay and chat. We would like to welcome you to our church so please pop in if you are passing and, even better, join us for worship. A warm welcome awaits you.
The church is located on Queen's Road, Shanklin, opposite the Belmont Hotel.
CHURCHWARDENS - Sandra Hoskins, Tony Lawrence
ORGANIST - Ian Hookey
SACRISTAN - Anne Davis
SAFEGUARDING OFFICER - Anne Davis
TOWER CAPTAIN - Kieran Downer