Welcome to St Swithin's Church

This attractive, and historically significant Grade 2 Listed Victorian church with its unusual twin bell tower was built in 1871 and is situated in the delightful village of Thorley, West Wight, around two miles from the popular yachting town of Yarmouth. Services are held every Sunday and the church is a popular venue for Weddings and Christenings. Whether you're looking for a regular place of worship, or are just curious about this fascinating church please stop by for a warm reception!                                           

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Revd Kenneth Raymond Cheeseman

16th May 1929 4th January 2015


Father Ken was a man of great Christian faith, a faith which shaped his life and shone like a beacon to those he met. A placid, gentle, kind, non judgemental man, his Christian conviction motivated and inspired him throughout his life.

Born in Battersea in 1929, Ken had two much older brothers, while his sister Audrey was born just 13 months later. The two were treated as twins, forming a very close lifelong bond and complementing one another perfectly.  Ken attended schools in South London, leaving in 1945 to work for the National Provincial Bank in Wimbledon.

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Mrs Tattlemouse Reports

Always highly attuned to her fellow natives dwellers of the hedgerows, fields and gardens, Mrs T provides an interesting perspective through the eyes of a diminutive rodent. Click here to read on.

Weddings at St Swithin's

Many a couple have taken their wedding vows at St Swithin's. Most recently was the marriage of local Chimney Sweep Mark Dyer to Laura Barsdell in September last year. Susan Langford has scribed a short article to accompany this photograph and mention the pictorial history of St Swithin's marriages. Click here to read article...

Mothering Sunday at St Swithin's

Do join us on this special day of the year