Kathy standing at the bus stop in front of the Church - if I had only turned around and taken a picture of the New Inn directly behind me
Shalfleet was an important stop because it seemed to be a likely home for our Richard Door of Portsmouth, New Hampshire - the Parish records reveal a strong family history of the Dores up to and after 1645 (0ur Richards presumed birth year). Richard Dores appear in generation after generation, and a good number of the Dores are tailors.
Unfortunatly, by the census of 1841 there do not appear to be any Dores in the Parish. I was unable to find any Dore gravestones in the Church of St Michael the Archangel's graveyard - perhaps a closer look might find some, but the older grave stones are difficult to read.
My great regret is that I did not take a picture of the New Inn pub across the road from the Church - winner of the Best Dining Pub in the Isle of Wight for 2012. We had an outstanding lunch - so much so that I forgot to take pictures.
St Michael GraveyardA view of the North side of the Churchyard - I was unable to read most of the older tomb stones
St Michael EntryNote that one of the windows is stained glass - apparently a fairly recent addition. The Non-Conformists under Cromwell did not approve of stained glass and smashed many of them - no reason to think Shalfleet escaped
Handicap entranceThis is an entrance to an addition to the Nave - its about 5 1/2 feet high
Church Tower (ca1070)This Norman structure built about 1070 originally had no windows or other entrances, a ladder provided access to the top - it provided protection from pirates - a cannon was added to the top sometime later