Gurnard, Isle of Wight

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Gurnard beachfront, IW, UK.jpg
Gurnard beachfront
Gurnard is located in Isle of Wight
Location within the Isle of Wight
Area4.0863 km2 (1.5777 sq mi) [1]
Population1,682 (2011 census including Rew Street)[2]
• Density412/km2 (1,070/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSZ478946
Civil parish
  • Gurnard
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCOWES
Postcode districtPO31
Dialling code01983
FireIsle of Wight
AmbulanceIsle of Wight
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
Isle of Wight
50°44′58″N 1°19′26″W / 50.74953°N 1.32375°W / 50.74953; -1.32375Coordinates: 50°44′58″N 1°19′26″W / 50.74953°N 1.32375°W / 50.74953; -1.32375

Gurnard is a village and civil parish[3] on the Isle of Wight, two miles to the west of Cowes. Gurnard sits on the edge of Gurnard Bay, enjoyed by the Gurnard Sailing Club.

Gurnard's main street features a pub (Portland Inn), Doughty Newnham Chartered Surveyors office, a few shops and a few houses; the west end of the beach is Gurnard Marsh and a stream called "The Luck" which discharges into the Solent.

A fortification known as Gurnard Fort was built on a headland west of Gurnard Marsh about 1600; the land was eroded, however, and all traces disappeared until an archaeological excavation of a Roman villa in 1864 uncovered traces of Gurnard Fort as well.[4]

Transport is provided by the former Wightbus route 32 to and from Cowes, now run by Southern Vectis. There is no longer a direct service to Newport, Isle of Wight.[5]

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  1. ^ Office of National Statistics: QS102EW - Population density retrieved 30 May 2017
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  3. ^ English Parishes & Welsh Communities N&C 2004 Archived 9 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Minor Fortifications of the Isle of Wight". Archived from the original on 22 July 2012., Rob Martin, March 2006[dead link]
  5. ^ Isle of Wight Council press release - "IW Council Steps In To Preserve Bus Routes" Archived 21 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 31 August 2008.

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