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Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Historical Description

Ventnor, a town and a parish on the S coast of the Isle of Wight. The town stands on the Undercliff, at the terminus of the Isle of Wight railway, near Boniface Down, 1½ mile WSW of Dunnose, 9 miles SSE of Newport, and 92 from London, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office. It enjoys a very salubrious climate and highly picturesque environs, possesses great attractions for tourists and invalids, and has a bank, several hotels, many good lodging-houses, excellent bathing appliances, a literary institute, assembly rooms, a public hall, good social club, a cottage hospital for consumption, and a weekly market on Saturday. A pier was erected in 1872, sustained considerable damage in 1882, but has since been repaired and lengthened. The London City Mission Seaside Home was erected in 1877 at the sole cost of the late Captain Mark Huish. Population of the ecclesiastical parish, 6566. The civil parish has, by order of the Local Government Board, been enlarged, and is conterminous with the ecclesiastical parish. It has an urban district council of eighteen members. The ecclesiastical parish was separated from Newchurch in 1864, and is divided into St Catherine and Trinity. The parish church of St Catherine is a building of stone in the Early Pointed style, and was erected in 1837. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £120 with residence. Holy Trinity Church was erected in 1862, and is a building of stone in the Early English style. The living is a vicarage; gross value, £300. There are Roman Catholic, Congregational, Wesleyan, Baptist, Primitive Methodist, and Bible Christian chapels. Ventnor is considered the most favourable place in England for consumptive invalids, as it is visited with less rain than any other place in Great Britain, and enjoys a most equable temperature throughout the year.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHampshire 
Civil parishNewchurch 
LibertyEast Medina 

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Visitations Heraldic

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CountyIsle of Wight
RegionSouth East
Postal districtPO38
Post TownVentnor