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Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Historical Description

Yarmouth, a small town and a parish in the Isle of Wight. The town stands at the month of the rivulet Yar, at the ferry to Lymington, with a station on the Yarmouth and Newport railway, 97 miles from London, and 10 W of Newport, and a post, money order, and telegraph office. It was anciently known as Eremouth, was twice visited by John Lackland on his way to France, was burnt by the French in 1277 and 1524, and sent two members to Parliament from the time of Elizabeth till disfranchised in 1832. It presents an old-fashioned yet pleasant and considerably improved appearance, and has two hotels, lodging-houses, a market-place, a town-hall, a quay and steamboat pier, a bridge over the river Yar, a small castle of the time of Henry VIII., and a pier 700 feet in length, erected in 1876. The parish comprises 58 acres; population, 903. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £230 with residence. The church is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, containing some handsome monuments and memorials, and has been well restored. There are Wesleyan, Bible Christian, Baptist, and Plymouth Brethren chapels.

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 parishYarmouth St. James 
LibertyWest Medina 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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CountyIsle of Wight
RegionSouth East
Postal districtPO41
Post TownYarmouth