Porchfield is a village on the Isle of Wight between Cowes and Yarmouth.[1] It is located 4 14 miles (6.8 km) southwest of Cowes in the northwest of the island. It is in the town of Newport.

Porchfield has a village hall - see external link below - and the nearest church is the Church of the Holy Spirit, in Newtown.[2] There are two bed and breakfasts in Porchfield, "Youngwoods Farm" and "The Ridings".[3]

Porchfield is located in Isle of Wight
Location within the Isle of Wight
OS grid referenceSZ446912
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWPORT
Postcode districtPO30 4LP
FireIsle of Wight
AmbulanceIsle of Wight
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament


  1. ^ "Wightstay - Netguide to Porchfield on the Isle of Wight". www.wightstay.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  2. ^ "Porchfield information". www.porchfield.free-online.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  3. ^ "Porchfield information - stay". www.porchfield.free-online.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-11-02.

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Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight (; also referred to informally as The Island or abbreviated to IoW) is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, between 2 and 5 miles off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland and chines. The island is designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The island has been home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes. It has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat-building, sail-making, the manufacture of flying boats, the hovercraft, and Britain's space rockets. The island hosts annual music festivals including the Isle of Wight Festival, which in 1970 was the largest rock music event ever held. It has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe.

The isle was owned by a Norman family until 1293 and was earlier a kingdom in its own right. In common with the Crown dependencies, the British Crown was then represented on the island by the Governor of the Isle of Wight until 1995. The island has played an important part in the defence of the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, and been near the front-line of conflicts through the ages, including the Spanish Armada and the Battle of Britain. Rural for most of its history, its Victorian fashionability and the growing affordability of holidays led to significant urban development during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Historically part of Hampshire, the island became a separate administrative county in 1890. It continued to share the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire until 1974, when it was made its own ceremonial county. Apart from a shared police force, there is now no administrative link with Hampshire, although a combined local authority with Portsmouth and Southampton was considered, this is now unlikely to proceed.The quickest public transport link to the mainland is the hovercraft from Ryde to Southsea; three vehicle ferry and two catamaran services cross the Solent to Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth.

List of places on the Isle of Wight

This is a list of towns and villages in the county of Isle of Wight, England.

Locks Farm Meadow

Locks Farm Meadow is a 2.3 hectare Site of special scientific interest which just east of Porchfield, England. The site was notified in 1988 for its biological features.

Newtown, Isle of Wight

Newtown is a small hamlet on the Isle of Wight, England. In medieval times it was a thriving borough. According to the Post Office the 2011 Census population of the hamlet was included in the civil parish of Calbourne.

Newtown is located on the large natural harbour on the island's north-western coast, now mostly a national nature reserve owned and managed by the National Trust.

The Caul Bourne streams through Calbourne, passes Newbridge and Shalfleet and empties into the Solent at Newtown.

Newtown Bay

Newtown Bay is a bay on the northwestern coast of the Isle of Wight, England in the western arm of the Solent. It is a subtle bay located around the exit of the Newtown River. It stretches about 4 km from Hamstead Point in the west to Salt Mead Ledge to the east. It is a remote place as there are few properties along this part of the coast, it being low-lying marshland and home to countless sea birds, and is often visited by walkers, boaters, birdwatchers and beachcombers. The shore is a narrow band of gravel, while the sea bottom is mostly mud or sand.

To the east of the river entrance, sticking out into the bay, is a sand spit and further east another sailing hazard called Salt Mead Ledge both of these are only uncovered at low water. From here to Great Thorness to the east and Porchfield to the south, the land is used by the military and is marked on maps as a Danger Area. For this reason the Isle of Wight coastal path skirts this area.

A small peninsula into the bay holds Corf county campsite, itself an SSSI.

The National Trust owns much of the land and landing at Fishhouse point is not allowed during the nesting season, April to June.

Porch Fields

The Porch Fields is an area of medieval farmland outside Trim, Ireland with a medieval roadway that forms a National Monument.

Rew Street

Rew Street is a village on the Isle of Wight. It is located three kilometres southwest of Cowes in the north of the island. The village lies along the main road between Porchfield and Gurnard (where the 2011 Census population was included) and consists of several farming communities. As a result, many of the houses in the area have been converted from old barns.

Southern Vectis

Southern Vectis is a bus operator on the Isle of Wight. The company was founded in 1921 as "Dodson and Campbell" and became the "Vectis Bus Company" in 1923. The company was purchased by the Southern Railway before being nationalised in 1969. In 1987, the company was re-privatised. Southern Vectis was accused of unfair trade practices and was investigated by the British Office of Fair Trading. In July 2005, it became a subsidiary of Go-Ahead Group.

St. Mary's Abbey, Trim

St. Mary's Abbey in Trim, County Meath, Ireland is a former Augustinian Abbey dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. The abbey was situated on the north bank of the River Boyne, opposite Trim Castle, on land given to St. Patrick who is often credited with founding the abbey. The abbey was a prominent pilgrimage site, famous for the healing power of its statue of the Virgin Mary, until its dissolution under Henry VIII during the Reformation. Little remains of the abbey except for the Yellow Steeple, the ruin of the abbey bell tower named for the yellow color reflected by the stonework in the setting sun, and Talbot's Castle, an abbey building converted to a manor house.


Not to be confused with Wrightbus, the bus manufacturer

Wightbus was a bus operator on the Isle of Wight, owned by the Isle of Wight Council. It operated a network of 13 local bus services running across the island, mostly services which would not have been viable for the island's dominant commercial operator, Southern Vectis, to operate.

Wightbus also provided school buses, and transported disabled adults to various day care centres on behalf of the council's social services department. A dial-a-bus service was run over some parts of the island to residents who would be unable to leave their homes to catch a regular service bus.

The Wightbus fleet was made up of 27 vehicles with capacities ranging from 16 to 72. Around 40 trained drivers and passenger-escort staff were employed. Over 1 million passengers travelled on Wightbus services annually.Wightbus was axed by the Isle of Wight Council in February 2011, with the last services operating on 2 September 2011. Under a new "Community Bus Partnership", Southern Vectis agreed to take on a number of routes previously operated by Wightbus to rural areas of the island in co-ordination with the Isle of Wight Council and the town and parish councils which the services run in. The services are all run by volunteer drivers.

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