Parkhurst, Isle of Wight

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Parkhurst is located in Isle of Wight
Location within the Isle of Wight
Population5,047 (2011.Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceSZ491910
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWPORT
Postcode districtPO30
Dialling code01983
FireIsle of Wight
AmbulanceIsle of Wight
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
Isle of Wight
50°43′00″N 1°18′17″W / 50.7167°N 1.3048°W / 50.7167; -1.3048Coordinates: 50°43′00″N 1°18′17″W / 50.7167°N 1.3048°W / 50.7167; -1.3048

Parkhurst is a neighbourhood northwest of the town of Newport, Isle of Wight. It has few amenities, but a large residential population.

It is notable for housing H.M.P. Isle of Wight, on three sites, formerly three separate prisons: the well-known Parkhurst Prison itself, Camp Hill, and Albany. Parkhurst and Albany were once amongst the few top-security prisons in the United Kingdom but were downgraded in the 1990s.[citation needed]

A number of well-known criminals were accommodated in the Parkhurst prisons, including John Duddy, Graham Young, the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and the Kray twins.[citation needed]

The prisons caused the construction during the mid 20th century of housing estates to accommodate prison workers and their families, and much of the area is characterised by these poor-quality estates, now largely in private ownership but still in need of repair.[citation needed]

Parkhurst also adjoins Parkhurst Forest, a large Forestry Commission owned woodland which includes plantation woodland and a large area of ancient woodland, and is well used by local people for recreation.

Parkhurst is situated on the A3020 road and is served by frequent buses on Southern Vectis route 1.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Newport Ward population 2011". Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Rousby, Clara Marion Jessie" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.