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Whippingham, Isle of Wight

Historical Description

Whippingham, a small village and a parish in the Isle of Wight. The village stands near the Medina river, with a station on the Isle of Wight Central railway, 86 miles from London, and 2 SSE of Cowes. It has a post office under Cowes; money order and telegraph office, East Cowes. The parish includes East Cowes, Burton, Coombly, and Fairlee, and comprises 4631 acres of land and 558 of water and foreshore; population of the civil parish, 5236; of the ecclesiastical, 507. The manor belonged once to Lyra Abbey. Osborne House, a residence of the Queen, is a chief feature, and has been separately noticed. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; gross value, £675 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church was rebuilt, partly in 1855, mainly in 1860, is in the Transition Norman style with admixture of some continental features, contains a screened section for the Queen and her household, and has a fine tower and spire. The vicarages of East Cowes and Burton are separate benefices. There are eight almshouses, erected and endowed by the Queen.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishWhippingham St. Mildred 
LibertyEast Medina 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575, & 1622-34 is available to view on the Heraldry page.

CountyIsle of Wight
RegionSouth East
Postal districtPO32
Post TownEast Cowes