Seaview, Isle of Wight
Seaview is a small Edwardian resort located on the north-eastern corner of the Isle of Wight, overlooking the Solent. The village is popular with tourists and is 2 1⁄3 miles from the town of Ryde, where most tourists reach the island by ferry or hovercraft. Together with Nettlestone, it forms a civil parish of Seaview; the High Street is perpendicular to the shore. On the seafront lies the Old Fort pub, a drinking spot popular with both residents and summer visitors; the Salterns Cottages used to house salt pan workers. One street is named; the well-known Priory Bay is a ten-minute walk from the village. This stretch of beach can only be reached at low tide, it offers excellent swimming conditions. In addition, Seagrove Bay, between the village and Priory Bay, is quite popular; some of the largest houses in the area are along Pier Road and Bluett Avenue, this is responsible for the nickname "millionaires avenues". Further large period houses, now divided into flats, can be found in Ryde Road. In 1870, Augustus Gough-Calthorpe, 6th Baron Calthorpe, had a French Renaissance style house, Woodlands Vale, built by Samuel Sanders Teulon.
The nearby Calthorpe Road is named after the family. Seaview has many holiday homes including some with sea views; this leads to a seasonal variation in the activity in the village - with many second-home owners visiting only in the summer months or holiday periods. There are the Seaview Hotel and the Northbank Hotel. There is a pub, pizza place, stationery shop, pharmacist,Post office,Community grocery shop, Beauty Clinic, seaside clothing shop, biltong shop and an art gallery. No Man's Land Fort part of the coast defences and now a luxury residence, is visible in the Solent one mile from Seaview. Public transport is available on Southern Vectis bus route 8, which operates between Ryde, Bembridge and Newport. St. Peter's Church the village's Church of England church built in 1859; the village is home to the Sea View Yacht Club, founded in 1893. In summer, the village hosts the Seaview Regatta, during which locals and tourists can take part in many traditional activities, such as the greasy pole where people line up and see how far they can slide along a pole covered in grease.
Once they have slipped off, they drop into the sea below. There is a diving competition and a firework display concludes the event each year. In 1877 the Seaview Pier Company was formed to build Seaview a promenading pier, approval for a 350-yard-long pier was given by Parliament in 1878; the suspension pier was designed by Frank Caws, a Seaview-born engineer/architect working in Sunderland. The pier was finished in 1881 and was 1000 foot-long and 15 feet wide, in 1889 it was extended another 50 feet. There were four towers. In its heyday, the pier received passenger ferries from other south-coast towns. At the entrance to the pier was the Pier Hotel, which catered for holidaymakers; the Pier was still in use after World War II and in August 1948 became the first pier'listed' under the Town and Country Planning Act. However, it was damaged in a storm in late December 1951 and demolished in 1952. Old pictures of Seaview Seaview information
Newport, Isle of Wight
Newport is a civil parish and the county town of the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England. The civil parish had a population of 23,957 at the time of the 2001 census, which rose to 25,496 at the 2011 census; the town lies to the north of the centre of the Island. It has a quay at the head of the navigable section of the River Medina, which flows northward to Cowes and the Solent. Mousterian remains, featuring tools made by Neanderthals at least 40,000 years ago, were found at Great Pan Farm in the 1970s. There are signs of Roman settlement in the area, known as Medina, including two known Roman villas, one of which, Newport Roman Villa, has been excavated and is open to the public. Information about the area resumes after the Norman Conquest; the first charter was granted in the late 12th century. In 1377 an invading French force burnt down much of the town while attempting to take Carisbrooke Castle under the command of Sir Hugh Tyrill. A group of Frenchmen were captured and killed buried in a tumulus nicknamed Noddies Hill, a "noddy" being medieval slang for a body.
This was corrupted to Nodehill, the present-day name for a part of central Newport – a name confusing to many as the area is flat. In 1648 Charles I and a group of Parliamentary Commissioners concluded the Treaty of Newport, an attempt at reaching a compromise in the Civil War, undermined by Charles's negotiations with the French and Scots to intervene on his behalf; the Treaty was repudiated by Oliver Cromwell upon returning from defeating the Scots at the Battle of Preston. This led to Charles's execution; the town had been incorporated as a borough in 1608. The town's position as an area of trade accessible to the sea meant it took over from nearby Carisbrooke as the main central settlement absorbing the latter as a suburb; the borough ceased to exist in 1974 when it was incorporated into the larger Borough of Medina, itself superseded in 1995 by a single unitary authority covering the whole of the Isle of Wight. The Drill hall in Newport opened as the headquarters of the Isle of Wight Rifle Volunteers in 1860.
Newport since the 1960s has acquired new shopping facilities, a pedestrianised central square, through road traffic redirected off many of the narrow streets. Newport Quay has been redeveloped with art galleries such as the Quay Arts Centre and new flats converted from old warehouses; the Queen Victoria Memorial was designed by local architect Percy Stone. Geographically located in the centre of the Island at 50.701°N, 1.2883°W, Newport is the principal town in the Isle of Wight, to which there are transport connections from all the island's major towns. It is the island's main shopping location for public services; the main A3020 and A3054 roads converge as Medina Way between the busy roundabouts at Coppins Bridge and St Mary's Hospital. Newport railway station was the hub of the Island's rail network until the mid-20th century, but it closed in 1966 and the site is now occupied by the A3020 Medina Way dual carriageway; the nearest city to the town is Portsmouth, about 13 miles north-east on Portsea Island, adjoining the mainland.
More locally, the island's largest town, is to the north-east. The River Medina runs through Newport. North of its confluence with the Lukely Brook at the town's quay it becomes a navigable tidal estuary. Distance from surrounding settlements Cowes – 4.5 miles, 7 km East Cowes – 5 miles, 8 km Ryde – 7 miles, 11 km Shanklin – 9 miles, 15 km Sandown – 10 miles, 16 km Ventnor – 11 miles, 18 km Yarmouth, Isle of Wight – 10 miles, 16 km The town's suburb of Parkhurst is home to two prisons: the notorious Parkhurst Prison and Albany. Parkhurst and Albany were once among the few top-security prisons in the United Kingdom. Camp Hill was another prison in the area, but closed in 2013. Seaclose Park in Newport, on the east bank of the River Medina, has since 2002 been the location for the revived Isle of Wight Music Festival, held once a year. Newport is home to the Postal Museum the largest private collection of vintage postal equipment and post boxes in the world. Newport bus station is the town's central bus terminus and acts as the hub of the Southern Vectis network, with routes from across the Island terminating there.
St George's Park is the home of Newport Football Club, the most successful of the Island's football teams playing in the Wessex League. The stadium has a capacity of 3,000; the town is represented by Newport Cricket Club, which plays at Victoria recreational ground. Newport CC have two teams which compete in Harwoods Renault Divisions 1 and 2; the Isle of Wight County Cricket Ground is located on the outskirts of the town. The town of Newport and adjoining village of Carisbrooke together have seven primary schools, three secondary schools, a sixth-form campus, a further education college and two special schools; the primary schools located close to the town centre are Newport C of E Primary and Nine Acres Community Primary. Barton Primary is located on Pan estate, whilst Summerfields Primary is nearby on the Staplers estate, both to the east of the town. Hunnyhill Primary is situated on Forest Road to the north of the town, there are two primary schools in Carisbrooke: Carisbrooke C of E Primary on Wellington Road and St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary in the High Street in the village centre.
The three secondary schools are Medina College and Christ the King College. Carisbrooke College is located on a large site on the outskirts of Carisbrooke village, whilst Christ the King is just down the road occupying two former middle school sites on
East Cowes is a town and civil parish to the north of the Isle of Wight, on the east bank of the River Medina next to its neighbour on the west bank, Cowes. The two towns are connected by the Cowes Floating Bridge, a chain ferry operated by the Isle of Wight Council. East Cowes is the site of Norris Castle, Osborne House, the former summer residence of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert; the Prince had a major influence on the architecture of the area, for example on the building of St Mildred's Church in nearby Whippingham, which features distinctive turrets imitating those found on a German castle. The name Estcowe comes from one of two sandbanks each side of the River Medina estuary, so called after a supposed likeness to cows; the name was subsequently transferred to fortifications built during the reign of Henry VIII on the east bank to dispel a French invasion, referred to as cowforts or cowes, which subsequently gave the name to the town. The naming of Cowes was done in a similar fashion.
They replaced the earlier name of Shamblord. The settlement of Shamblord at East Cowes was first recorded in 1303, it grew as East Shamblord, became a much more significant settlement than the Western Shamblord. As the Isle of Wight was the target of frequent French invasions, with some notable incursions, the fort built at East Cowes was destroyed and should not be confused with the "East Cowes Castle" built subsequently by John Nash. During the reign of Queen Victoria, who made her summer home at Osborne by acquiring and rebuilding Osborne House, East Cowes was the subject of planned estate of grand houses and parks; the scheme, not finding the finances it needed, was folded, but a few residences built in the early stages still survive to this day such as the former Albert Grove residences of Kent House and Powys House on York Avenue. In East Cowes Norris Castle was designed in the Norman style by James Wyatt in the late eighteenth century; the building today remains a private home. In 1798, the architect John Nash, began building his home, East Cowes Castle, where he entertained the Prince Consort and other prominent guests.
East Cowes Castle was notable for its Gothic towers and turrets, elaborate castellation. Nash died in 1835 and is buried in the tower of St James' Church which he designed. East Cowes Castle was damaged by bombing in World War II It was demolished during the 1960s, although the ice house remains and is visible in Sylvan Avenue. Cowes and East Cowes became a single urban district in 1933. During World War II, both Cowes and East Cowes became the targets of frequent bombing due to its industry and proximity to Southampton and the Royal Navy's home at Portsmouth; the shipyard of J. Samuel White was badly damaged by air attack in early May 1942 but, when rebuilt, innovative ship construction methods had been introduced; the first warship completed by the renewed yard was HMS Cavalier. During the air raid, the local defences had been fortuitously augmented by the Polish destroyer Blyskawica, which put up such a determined defence that, in 2002, the crew's courage was honoured by a local commemoration lasting several days to mark the 60th anniversary of the event.
In 2004, over to the west, an area of Cowes was named Francki Place in honour of the ship's commander. To celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Queen's coronation in 1977, the main hangar doors of what was the British Hovercraft Corporation were painted with the world's largest image of the Union Flag, which can still be seen today. In January 2015, the car carrier MV Hoegh Osaka bound for Bremerhaven, ran aground on Bramble Bank after developing a heavy list five miles north of the entrance to the River Medina, it has since been re-floated and returned to service. East Cowes is linked to the mainland by Red Funnel’s vehicle ferry service; the Cowes Floating Bridge links East Cowes with Cowes throughout the day. It is a chain ferry, is one of the few remaining not to be replaced by a physical bridge. Southern Vectis operate bus route 4 linking the town with Ryde and bus routes route 5 and 25 linking the town with Newport including intermediate villages; the Isle of Wight Coastal Path runs through East Cowes.
Local industry in both Cowes and East Cowes has always centred on the building and design of marine craft and materials associated with boatmaking, including the early flying boats, sailmaking. East Cowes was once home to the aircraft manufacturer Saunders Roe, who built the large, flying boat The Saunders-Roe Princess, as well as the Black Knight rocket and the Black Arrow satellite carrier rocket, they developed and tested the first hovercraft, the SR. N1; the former Saunders-Roe factory at Venture Quays now produces wind turbines, which can be seen laid on the quay for shipping out. Due to local objections no wind turbines have been allowed to be erected on the Isle of Wight. East Cowes has a Non-League football club East Cowes Victoria Athletic A. F. C. which plays at Beatrice Avenue. They are home to the islands most supported small sided team FC Bayern Bru who play in the islands Leisure Leagues 6-a-side league at Beatrice Avenue, they won the league title in their inaugural season in the winter of 2013.
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Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, between 2 and 5 miles off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent; the island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, verdant landscape of fields and chines. The island has been home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes, it has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat-building, sail-making, the manufacture of flying boats, the hovercraft, Britain's space rockets. The island hosts annual music festivals including the Isle of Wight Festival, which in 1970 was the largest rock music event held, it has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe. The isle was earlier a kingdom in its own right. In common with the Crown dependencies The British Crown was represented on the island by the Governor of the Isle of Wight until 1995.
The island has played an important part in the defence of the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, been near the front-line of conflicts through the ages, including the Spanish Armada and the Battle of Britain. Rural for most of its history, its Victorian fashionability and the growing affordability of holidays led to significant urban development during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of Hampshire, the island became a separate administrative county in 1890, it continued to share the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire until 1974, when it was made its own ceremonial county. Apart from a shared police force, there is now no administrative link with Hampshire, although a combined local authority with Portsmouth and Southampton was considered, this is now unlikely to proceed; until 1995 the island had a governor. The quickest public transport link to the mainland is the hovercraft from Ryde to Southsea. During the last Ice Age, sea levels were lower and the Solent was part of a river flowing south east from current day Poole Harbour towards mid-Channel.
As sea levels rose, the river valley became flooded, the chalk ridge line west of the Needles breached to form the island. The Isle of Wight is first mentioned in writing in Geography by Ptolemy. Bronze Age Britain had large reserves of tin in the areas of Cornwall and Devon and tin is necessary to smelt bronze. At that time the sea level was much lower and carts of tin were brought across the Solent at low tide for export on the Ferriby Boats. Anthony Snodgrass suggests that a shortage of tin, as a part of the Bronze Age Collapse and trade disruptions in the Mediterranean around 1300 BC, forced metalworkers to seek an alternative to bronze. During Iron Age Britain, the Late Iron Age, the Isle of Wight would appear to have been occupied by the Celtic tribe, the Durotriges - as attested by finds of their coins, for example, the South Wight Hoard, the Shalfleet Hoard. South eastern Britain experienced significant immigration, reflected in the genetic makeup of the current residents; as the Iron Age began the value of tin dropped and this greatly changed the economy of the Isle of Wight.
Trade however continued. Julius Caesar reported that the Belgae took the Isle of Wight in about 85 BC, recognised the culture of this general region as "Belgic", but made no reference to Vectis; the Roman historian Suetonius mentions. The Romans built no towns on the island, but the remains of at least seven Roman villas have been found, indicating the prosperity of local agriculture. First-century exports were principally hides, hunting dogs, cattle, silver and iron. Ferriby Boats and Blackfriars Ships were important to the local economy. During the Dark Ages the island was settled by Jutes as the pagan kingdom of Wihtwara under King Arwald. In 685 it was invaded by Caedwalla. In 686 Arwald was defeated and the island became the last part of English lands to be converted to Christianity, added to Wessex and becoming part of England under King Alfred the Great, included within the shire of Hampshire, it suffered from Viking raids, was used as a winter base by Viking raiders when they were unable to reach Normandy.
Both Earl Tostig and his brother Harold Godwinson held manors on the island. Starting in AD 449 the 5th and 6th centuries saw groups of Germanic speaking peoples from Northern Europe crossing the English Channel and setting up home. Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum identifies three separate groups of invaders: of these, the Jutes from Denmark settled the Isle of Wight and Kent. From onwards, there are indications that the island had wide trading links, with a port at Bouldnor, evidence of Bronze Age tin trading, finds of Late Iron Age coins; the Norman Conquest of 1066 created the position of Lord of the Isle of Wight. Carisbrooke Priory and the fort of Carisbrooke Castle were founded. Allegiance was sworn to FitzOsbern rather than the king. For nearly 200 years the island
Ryde is an English seaside town and civil parish on the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight, with a population of 32,072 at the 2011 Census. It grew in size as a seaside resort after the villages of Upper Ryde and Lower Ryde were merged in the 19th century; the influence of this era is visible in the town's central and seafront architecture. As a resort Ryde is noted for its expansive sands revealed at low tide, making the listed pier necessary on the wide beach for a regular passenger ferry service; the pier is the fourth longest in the United Kingdom, as well as the oldest. In 1782 numerous bodies of men and children from HMS Royal George, which sank at Spithead, were washed ashore at Ryde. Many were buried on land, now occupied by the Esplanade. A memorial to them was erected in June 2004; the hovercraft to Southsea is operated by Hovertravel near the Esplanade close to Ryde Esplanade railway station and the bus station. A catamaran service run by Wightlink operates from Ryde Pier to Portsmouth Harbour which connects with both Island Line trains and mainland trains to London Waterloo.
The Island Line Trains service runs from Ryde Pier Head via Ryde Esplanade to Shanklin, a distance of 8 1⁄2 miles. Ryde St John's Road railway station lies further south in the town. A major bus interchange is situated between Ryde Pier and the Hover Terminal on the Esplanade with frequent services to many island towns and villages. Ryde is the second busiest place in smaller only than Newport; the most frequent service is route 9 to Newport. Other main routes include services 2, 3, 4, 8 and local route 37. An open top bus tour called "The Downs Tour" is run in the summer; the town's large and long esplanade area has always been an attraction for tourists those day-tripping from the mainland, as the amenities are all available by walking from the pier. A swimming pool, bowls club, bowling alley, boating lake are among the attractions, there are various children's playgrounds, amusement arcades and cafés. Ryde has few large public open spaces beyond the esplanade, but areas for public recreation include Appley Park, Puckpool Park, Vernon Square, Simeon Street Recreation Ground, St John's Park, St Thomas' churchyard, Salter Road recreation ground, Oakfield Football Club.
At one time Ryde had two separate piers. Ryde has its own inshore rescue service which has to deal with people becoming stranded on sandbanks as the incoming tide cuts them off from the shore; the pier is a feature of the 67-mile Isle of Wight Coastal Path, marked with blue signs with a white seagull. Ryde has a small marina located to the east of Ryde Pier, it is tidal and dries out at low water hence it is more suitable for smaller sailing and motor cruisers. It has provision for up to 200 boats, either on floating pontoons or leaning against the harbour wall, it has a full-time harbourmaster who posts useful snippets of information on the noticeboard outside the harbour office including weather information, tide times, cruise liner movements and events that occurred on this day in history. The twin church spires visible from the sea belong to All Saints' and Holy Trinity churches. All Saints' Church is located in Queens Road on a road junction known as Five Ways, it was designed by George Gilbert Scott and completed in 1872.
The spire is 177 feet tall. Holy Trinity Church is in Dover Street, it was designed by Thomas Hellyer and completed in 1845. Holy Trinity Church closed in January 2014 and the building became the Aspire Ryde community centre; the town's Roman Catholic church, St. Mary's, is located in High Street, it was built in 1846 at a cost of £18,000. This was provided by Countess of Clare; the church was designed by Joseph Hansom inventor of the hansom cab. Other churches include All Angels, Swanmore. There are Baptist, United Reformed and Elim churches in the town. Ryde Castle, situated on the Esplanade, was built c. 1840 as a private house in crenellated style and is now a hotel. It was left damaged after a fire in 2012, reopened after major restoration in 2013. Beldornie Tower on Augusta Road was at one point a property of the Earl of Yarborough; the house dates back to early 17th century. The house was rebuilt c. 1840 in Gothic-Jacobean style with the addition of a west wing in 1880. Ryde School With Upper Chine is opposite All Saints' Church.
The chief building, Westmont, is Grade II Listed. Sited on the Esplanade are a pavilion; the Ice rink is no longer open to the public, leading to the Isle of Wight's ice-hockey team, the "Wightlink Raiders" disbanding. The pavilion houses nightclub; the town's local football team was for many years Ryde Sports F. C. now replaced by Ryde Saints F. C. & Ryde F. C. SUNDAY. Speedway is staged just south of the town at Smallbrook Stadium; the Isle of Wight Islanders started as members of the Conference League before moving up to the Premier League. Ryde has five carnivals in a typical year: the Mardi Gras in June; the Carnival at Ryde is the oldest in England. Ryde Carnival remains the island's largest carnival, with local crowds and mainland visitors totalling in excess of 50,000 spectators. Raymond Allen – TV screenwriter, attended Ryde Secondary Modern School. William Booth – the founder of the Salvation Army spent the first part of his honeymoon in Ryde. Sam Browne – the soldier after whom the belt was named, lived
Niton is a village on the Isle of Wight, west of Ventnor, with a population of 1142. It has one pub, several churches, a pottery workshop/shop, a pharmacy, a busy volunteer run library, a medical centre and three local shops including a post office; the post office includes a café. The village offers a primary school with a co-located pre-school and nursery. Niton village is split in half through which passes the main road. Upper Niton is set around a crossroads; the lower part of the village, below the inner cliff on Reeth Bay, is known as Niton Undercliff, was a small fishing hamlet up until the 19th Century. This part of Niton flourished in Victorian times due to the popularity of Ventnor as a health resort, many mansions and holiday cottages were built there. Mount Cleves House was constructed in the late 1700s, remodelled in the early 1800s, its residents included a Mr Kirkpatrick who owned the Isle of Wight Bank at the time and the owner of the Mortimer Foundry in Newport. The road along the Undercliff continues east towards Ventnor, but a major landslip in February 2014 has closed it to vehicular traffic between Niton and Ventnor, although it remains open for walkers and riders.
The Undercliff at Niton includes the most southerly point of the Isle of Wight, St. Catherine's Point and St. Catherine's Lighthouse; that is where the Navtex transmitting station is located. The source of the Eastern Yar is in the parish, just north of the village. Niton together with Whitwell is a civil parish. Close to Niton is a natural seaport, believed to have been used by Greek and Phoenician Bronze Age Britain traders. St. Catherine's Lighthouse was bombed in World War II, receiving a direct hit on the boiler house that killed three lighthouse keepers, Principal Keeper R T Grenfell, Assistant Keeper C. Tompkins and Assistant Keeper W. E. Jones; the lighthouse itself was only damaged, its lens only being chipped. St. Catherine’s Lighthouse was automated in 1997 with the keepers leaving the lighthouse on 30 July. Marconi used Knowles Farm in Niton for radio experiments, when he was living on the island in the late 1890s and early 1900s. In January 1901, he transmitted radio signals a record 186 miles from there to his Lizard Radio Telegraph Station at the southern tip of Cornwall.
The farm has a stone into, cut the inscription, "This is to commemorate that Marconi set up a wireless experimental station here in A. D. 1900". While in Niton, Marconi stayed at the Royal Sandrock Hotel. A ship-to-shore radio station was established in 1900, Niton Radio was maintained as a coastal radio station known to yachtmasters, it was featured in a British Telecom International information film. It closed, along with the rest of the coastal radio network, in 1997; the Navtex transmitter at St. Catherine's Lighthouse is still in operation as of 2013. For the purpose of extended Shipping forecasts, the Met Office uses Niton as the name of the forecast area covering the Atlantic from FitzRoy, North to Irish Sea and East to Thames. Niton has a reputation as a notoriously dangerous spot for Surfboarding. A powerful rip current and a rocky landing await the surfer who attempts to tame Niton's powerful shore break. Southern Vectis bus route 6 serves the village on its way between Ventnor. During the summer, the Island Coaster runs through the village.
Penrhyn Grant Jones, British Consul and Assistant Judge of the British Supreme Court for China grew up in Niton. His father Frederick Topham Jones was the proprietor of the Royal Sandrock Hotel
Bembridge is a village and civil parish located on the easternmost point of the Isle of Wight. It had a population of 3,848 according to the 2001 census of the United Kingdom, leading to the implausible claim by some residents that Bembridge is the largest village in England. Bembridge is home to many of the Island's wealthiest residents; the population had reduced to 3,688 at the 2011 Census. Bembridge sits at the extreme eastern point of the Isle of Wight. Prior to land reclamation the area of Bembridge and Yaverland was an island unto itself, separated from the remainder of the Isle of Wight by Brading Haven. On the Joan Blaeu map of 1665, Bembridge is shown as Binbridge Iſle, nearly separated from the rest of Wight by River Yar. Prior to the Victorian era Bembridge was a collection of wooden huts and farmhouses, which only consolidated into a true village with the building of the church in 1827; the historical heart of the village is located close to the church in the north of the village, consisting of a number of shops and restaurants, along with the Village Hall and site of the former Parish Council hall.
Bembridge Library serves the community and there is a local museum in the same location. The Lane End district is located in the east of the village, it is composed of modern bungalows and a small shopping area which includes a Co-Op store. The lane comes to an end at the beach, where Bembridge Lifeboat station and the Bembridge Coast Hotel are situated. Many of the bungalows were on the land of a cottage where Cecily Cardew lived, after whom an Oscar Wilde character was named. Moving inland from Lane End one finds Bembridge C of E Primary School, along with the local community centre, which are connected by a large recreational playing field; the Royal Isle of Wight Golf Club was located across the harbour from Bembridge. The club was formed in 1882, it closed in the 1960s. Bembridge is a local service centre, hosting Bembridge C of E Primary School, a post office, several shops located in two main areas, Methodist and Catholic churches, it is the location of a local fire station, a Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboat station.
Bembridge Airport is a local airport with a concrete runway, is located close to the Windmill to the south-west of the village proper heading towards Yaverland. The war memorial was designed by Percy Stone; the RNLI station is significant, as it extends into the sea to the east of the village. Here lies the notorious "Bembridge Ledge", a large, rocky outcrop which poses a major threat to passing boats. Although it is private sailing yachts which are most at risk, a wide variety of boats run aground here in the stormy weather conditions which affect the Solent during winter months. A former Bembridge lifeboat, the RNLB Jesse Lumb, is part of the National Historic Fleet, exhibited at Imperial War Museum Duxford; the current offshore boathouse was completed in Autumn 2010 by BAM Nuttall and Ecochoice and houses a new Tamar class boat, the'Alfred Albert Williams'. A complete new concrete walkway was built, the new station is made of durable timber; the Inshore lifeboat station was rebuilt in 2014, the interior of the offshore boathouse is accessible to visitors during set days when the station isn't on alert.
The original Victorian boathouse survives, is used as the station's shop. Close to the lifeboat station lies a coastguard lookout. Positioned at a high elevation, this offers views of the Solent meeting the English Channel to the east of the Isle of Wight. From this vantage point one is able to view a variety of watercraft year round, although there is more marine traffic in the summer. Bembridge Windmill, the only remaining windmill on the Isle of Wight, is located to the west of the village. Dating from around 1700, it is a National Trust property open from April to October. Bembridge is represented on the Isle of Wight Council by the two members of the ward of Bembridge, St. Helens and Brading. Bembridge is governed by a Parish council of 12 members. For parish council elections the village is divided into two wards, the North and South, each electing six members to the body; the parish council has succeeded in obtaining Lottery funding for improvements to the village including a play-park in Steyne Park.
It is one of the few Parish Councils that has a village centre office open 5 days a week. Bembridge is twinned with Plédran, France but in name only as the federation has lapsed through non-use. Public transport to Newport and Sandown is provided by Southern Vectis bus route 8. Bembridge railway station, located in the north-west of the village close to the harbour served the village, with services to Brading, until 1953; the station became derelict and was demolished around 1970. Holy Trinity Church, Bembridge List of current places of worship on the Isle of Wight Bembridge Boarding Campus Bembridge School, is now owned by Ryde School with Upper Chine, whose lessees run Kingswood Centre. Kingswood Centre operates Kingswood during Camp Beaumont during school holidays; however it is closed for a few weeks in the winter. Ryde School with Upper Chine have their Boarders boarding at Bembridge Boarding Campus. New House Bembridge School is a Grade II Listed Building. Bembridge School Chapel is a Grade IIGV Listed Building with Edward Woore stained glass to beautify it.
Bembridge travel guide from Wikivoyage Bembridge Parish Council