Shanklin (/ˈʃæŋklɪn/) is a popular seaside resort and civil parish[1] on the Isle of Wight, England, located on Sandown Bay. Shanklin is the southernmost of three settlements which occupy the bay, and is close to Lake and Sandown. The sandy beach, its Old Village and a wooded ravine, Shanklin Chine, are its main attractions. The esplanade along the beach is occupied by hotels and restaurants for the most part, and is one of the most tourist-oriented parts of the town. The other is the Old Village, at the top of Shanklin Chine. Together with Lake and Sandown to the north, Shanklin forms a built up area of 21,374 inhabitants (2011).[2]

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Shanklin Old Village
Shanklin is located in Isle of Wight
Location within the Isle of Wight
Population9,072 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSZ584816
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPO37
Dialling code01983
FireIsle of Wight
AmbulanceIsle of Wight
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament


Regent St, Shanklin, IW, UK
Regent Street

The main shopping centre consists of two roads, Regent Street and High Street, which together comprise the largest retail area in the south of the Isle of Wight; significant for tourists but also as an amenity for residents.

Near Regent Street are the town's two main supermarkets, the Co-op and Lidl. In Regent Street itself are many local shops, including two arts and crafts shops, several clothing and sports shops, three newsagents and three bakeries. The High Street also has some local shops, but is dominated by tourist shops and restaurants.


Shanklin railway station is the terminus of the Island Line from Ryde, opened on 23 August 1864. The railway was extended south to Ventnor in 1866, but this section was closed in 1966. The line from Ryde to Shanklin is now operated by former London Underground tube trains. In October 2004 a direct link was revived in the form of a bus service named the "Rail link".[3] This was discontinued in 2010 but was replaced by the Southern Vectis number 3 bus.

Bus services to nearby towns and suburbs are run by Southern Vectis, mainly on routes 2, 3, 22 and 24, principally from the bus stands at the Co-op supermarket. Destinations served include Newchurch, Newport, Ryde, Sandown, Ventnor and Winford.[4] In the summer, an open top bus route called "The Sandown Bay Tour" is run, serving the main tourist areas of Shanklin and running to Sandown.[5]


Shanklin has one theatre, Shanklin Theatre, which is just off the top end of the High Street.

In July and August 1819 the poet John Keats lodged at Eglantine Cottage in the resort's High Street, where he completed the first book of Lamia and began a drama, Otho the Great, with his friend Charles Armitage Brown.

In July 1868 the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stayed at the Crab Inn in Shanklin's Old Village during his last visit to Europe and left a poem about it on a stone by the pub. It is not generally held to be amongst his best work..

The 1980s indiepop band Trixie's Big Red Motorbike[6] were from Shanklin, and recorded some of their records there.

Victoria Cross recipient and Deputy Governor of the Isle of Wight, Colonel Henry Gore-Browne retired to Shanklin before his death in 1912.

According to Joseph Jacobs's 1890 version of The Three Little Pigs, the version of the story on which all later versions are based, the Three Pigs and the Wolf live near Shanklin. [7]

Beaches & Esplanade

Shanklin beach, Isle of Wight, UK
Shanklin beach
Shanklin Esplanade Gardens bus stop
Looking along Shanklin Esplanade.
Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight, UK
Shanklin (nearest the camera) set on Sandown Bay. Sandown (with pier) is beyond, while between the two settlements lies Lake. Beyond Sandown and to the right of the picture is the white chalk of Culver Cliff.

Shanklin is on the coast of Sandown Bay, and therefore is part of the long beach which spans between Yaverland in the North to Luccombe in the South. The section of beach situated next to Shanklin is split into Small Hope Beach and Hope Beach. Above Hope Beach is the esplanade which boasts some traditional seaside attractions including an amusement arcade, a crazy golf course, and a children's play area, with slides, ball pools, bouncy castles, rigging, swings etc. available to be hired for a child's birthday party. There are several seafront hotels, a cliff lift from the seafront to the top of the cliff, a putting course, several cafes and restaurants and pubs, and a large, clean beach. Shanklin used to have a pier, but this was destroyed in the Great Storm of 1987. The pier formerly had a theatre at which many famous performers appeared, including Paul Robeson, Richard Tauber and Arthur Askey (whose daughter attended a local boarding school called Upper Chine School for Girls). The Summerland Amusement Arcade on the seafront was formerly a seaplane hangar positioned at Bembridge where it housed Fairey Campania seaplanes of the Nizam of Hyderabad's Squadron. Large areas of the seafront were severely damaged or destroyed during the Bombing raids of World War II, but were quickly rebuilt after the war, causing the current seafront to be a varied mixture of Victorian, inter-war and post-war architecture.

Shanklin Sailing Club is situated at the North end of the Esplanade. Founded in 1931 as 'Shanklin Amateur Sailing Club', the club has a fleet of Sprint 15 catamarans and holds races three days a week during the season.[8]

Further along the beach is the Fisherman's Cottage pub. This is at the bottom of Shanklin Chine,[9] from which the town takes its name, historically "Chynklyng Chine" and in the Domesday Book of 1086 Sencliz (held by William FitzAzor; Jocelyn FitzAzor) from "Scen-hlinc".[10][11] The Chine is open to the public for a small fee and continues up to Rylstone Gardens in the Old Village. It contains a small section of the pipe of the "Operation Pluto" pipeline which ran across the Isle of Wight and out from Shanklin and another branch from Sandown to supply fuel to the D-Day beaches.[12]


America Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest located between Shanklin and Whiteley Bank. It is owned by the Woodland Trust It takes a bit of stamina and determination to get into America Wood, on the outskirts of Shanklin, since it has little accessible parking. However, the more active Isle of Wight visitor can make use of public footpaths and bridleways that lead into the wood. There is an ‘open’ feel to the site with storm damage during the Great Storm of 1987 and the Burns' Day storm of 1990 felling trees and creating lots of open sections. There is one particularly large glade which is gradually recovering from the storms. The woods is situated just west of Ninham.

Dunnose is a large cape which is situated southwest of the town. An imposing and high geological feature, it has served as a triangulation point for maps of the United Kingdom, and has also been the site of several shipwrecks, most infamously that of HMS Eurydice, which sank with the loss of 300 people aboard.

Shanklin is also the location where Charles Darwin wrote his Origin of Species during an 18-month-long visit to the town.


St Blasius Church, Shanklin, Isle of Wight (2), UK
St Blasius Church

There are three Anglican churches in Shanklin. St.Paul's Church in Regent Street has the bell from HMS Eurydice (1843), which sank off Dunnose Point and is the subject of a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. St. Blasius Church, Shanklin – better known as Shanklin Old Church – is to the south of the town and has bell ropes hanging in the nave and a fine lych-gate. The Church of St. Saviour-on-the-Cliff, Shanklin is the biggest in the town and is in Queen's Road.

The Isle of Wight United Reformed Church is situated in Shanklin.[14]


Shanklin beach and esplanade

The seafront at Shanklin, 2003

Shanklin Esplanade c1910 - Project Gutenberg eText 17296

Shanklin Esplanade circa 1910

Shanklin old village

Shanklin old village

Clock Tower, Shanklin Esplanade, Isle of Wight UK

Clock tower


  1. ^ "English Parishes & Welsh Communities N&C 2004".
  2. ^ "2011 Rural-Urban Classification of Local Authority and other higher level geographies for statistical purposes" (PDF). 1 May 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Southern Vectis route list". Southern Vectis. Archived from the original on 30 November 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Southern Vectis Sandown Bay Tour". Southern Vectis. Archived from the original on 26 April 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Trixie's Big Red Motorbike – Free listening, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  6. ^ SurLaLune Fairy Tales, "Three Little Pigs", annotation nineteen, retrieved 4/21/2018
  7. ^ "Shanklin Sailing Club - Isle of Wight - Dart 15 / Sprint 15 catamaran sailing".
  8. ^ "Shanklin Chine - Isle of Wight".
  9. ^ Three counties history website Southern Life. Accurately states hlinc was Anglo-Saxon meaning rising land - fails to cite its source for the Saxon 'Scen' meaning cup. Archived 24 December 2012 at
  10. ^ "The Domesday Book Online - Hampshire - Isle of Wight".
  11. ^ D Eagle and H Carnell (editors), The Oxford Literary Guide to the British Isles, Oxford University Press, 1977.
  12. ^ "Shanklin Climatic Averages 1981-2010". Met Office. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Shanklin URC".

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Boon Gould

Rowland Charles "Boon" Gould (4 March 1955 – 30 April 2019) was an English musician and one of the four founding members of Level 42. He was called 'Boon' since, at a very young age, an uncle of his commented to his mother that his apparent inability to cry was a 'real boon for the family'.

Chanson D'Amour

"Chanson D'Amour" ("Song of Love") is a popular song written by Wayne Shanklin. A 1977 recording by the Manhattan Transfer was an international hit, reaching #1 in the UK Singles Chart, and Australia.

Hampshire Premier

Hampshire Premier is an English level 9 Rugby Union league for teams based in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Up until the 2017-18 season it was known as Hampshire 1 but was changed to Hampshire Premier due to restructuring of the Hampshire leagues, which would see the re-introduction of a third division as well as 2nd and 3rd XV sides joining for the first time. Each year some of the clubs in this division also take part in the RFU Junior Vase - a level 9-12 national competition.

Promoted teams move up to London 3 South West with the league winners going straight up and the runners up playing against the runners up from Surrey 1. Relegated teams drop down to Hampshire 1. Only 1st XV sides can be promoted up into London 3 South West, although any side can be relegated to Hampshire 1.

The points system is as follows.

4 points awarded for a win.

2 points awarded for a draw.

0 points awarded for a loss.

1 "bonus" (+) point awarded for scoring 4 tries (or more).

1 "bonus" (+) point awarded for losing by 7 points (or fewer).No team can get more than 5 points in a match. Points awarded are the same regardless of outcome at home or away. The new point system has been in effect since 2010-11 season.

Horace Rawlins

Horace Thomas Rawlins (5 August 1874 – 22 January 1935) was an English professional golfer who won the first U.S. Open Championship in 1895.

Island Line, Isle of Wight

The Island Line is a railway line on the Isle of Wight, running 8 1⁄2 miles (13.7 km) from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin on the Island's east coast. The line was electrified (630 V DC third rail) in 1967. Trains connect with passenger ferries to Portsmouth Harbour at Ryde Pier Head, and these ferries in turn connect with the rest of the National Rail network via the Portsmouth Direct Line. The line also connects to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, a steam-operated heritage railway at Smallbrook Junction. For much of its length the line runs alongside the A3055, criss-crossing this road by means of the Ryde Tunnel and bridges at Rowborough, Morton Common, Lake Hill and Littlestairs.

Jezebel (Frankie Laine song)

"Jezebel" is a 1951 popular song written by Wayne Shanklin. It was recorded by Frankie Laine with the Norman Luboff Choir and Mitch Miller and his orchestra on April 4, 1951 and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39367. The record reached #2 on the Billboard chart and was a million seller. The B-side, "Rose, Rose, I Love You", was a hit too and reached #3.The title refers to the biblical woman Jezebel, a wicked, Baal-worshipping Phoenician princess who ruled Israel as queen to King Ahab. Jezebel's story is recounted in I Kings, a book of the Old Testament.

Lake, Isle of Wight

Lake is a large village and civil parish located on Sandown Bay, on the Isle of Wight, England. It is six miles south-east of Newport situated between Sandown and Shanklin, and 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) to the east of the hamlet of Apse Heath.

List of places on the Isle of Wight

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

Luccombe, Isle of Wight

Luccombe is a village on the south coast of the Isle of Wight near Shanklin. There is some indication of Bronze Age settlements on the top of the nearby hill of Luccombe Down.The Luccombe area features some spectacular cliffs and scenery. It is a popular site for hang gliding and paragliding if there is an Easterly wind of around 12mph and it is low water, and on good days flights to Sandown and back can be achieved.

Luccombe forms the east end of the Ventnor Undercliff region, which extends for 12 kilometers from Blackgang to Luccombe, also encompassing the town of Ventnor and the villages of Bonchurch, St Lawrence, and Niton. There is some concern that the Ventnor Undercliff area is experiencing substantial coastal erosion.Public transport is provided by Southern Vectis bus route 3, which run between Newport, Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor.


Ninham is a hamlet on the Isle of Wight located on the eastern side, about 2.06 miles (3.3km) away from Shanklin, the nearest town. It is about 7 miles (12km) away from Newport, the island's capital. It is also the location of Ninham Country Holidays, a campsite in the area.

PO postcode area

The PO postcode area, also known as the Portsmouth postcode area, is a group of 34 postcode districts in southern England, which are subdivisions of 24 post towns. These postcode districts cover southeast Hampshire (including Portsmouth, Southsea, Havant, Waterlooville, Lee-on-the-Solent, Gosport, Fareham, Rowland's Castle, Emsworth and Hayling Island) southwestern West Sussex (including Chichester and Bognor Regis) and the Isle of Wight (including Newport, Cowes, East Cowes, Ryde, Yarmouth, Shanklin, Ventnor, Seaview, Bembridge, Totland Bay, Sandown and Freshwater).

Ronnie Shanklin

Ronnie Shanklin (January 21, 1948 — April 17, 2003) was a professional American football player who played wide receiver for six seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears. He also played football at the University of North Texas.

He was a member of the 1974 Steelers squad that defeated he Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. He was also a part of the 1972 Steelers team that defeated the Oakland Raiders in the Immaculate Reception play off game (their first ever post-season appearance) and the 1973 Steelers that lost to the Raiders in the first round of the playoffs.

1st Touchdown pass that Terry Bradshaw ever threw in the NFL 67 yards.


Sandown is a seaside resort and civil parish on the south-east coast of the Isle of Wight, England, with the town of Shanklin to the south and the settlement of Lake in between.

Sandown is the northernmost town of Sandown Bay, known for its long stretches of easily accessible, sandy beach.

The outer Bay is also used as a sheltered anchorage, with ships requiring salvage periodically towed there (such as the Tarpenbeck). The wreck of a salvage tug could be seen until recently at low tide under Culver Cliff, (the Harry Sharman) which had been assisting the stricken tanker Pacific Glory in the 1970s.

Together with Shanklin, Sandown forms a built-up area of 21,374 inhabitants.

Sarah Ann, West Virginia

Sarah Ann is a census-designated place (CDP) in Logan County, West Virginia, United States. Sarah Ann is located along West Virginia Route 44 and Island Creek, 6.5 miles (10.5 km) west-southwest of Man. Sarah Ann has a post office with ZIP code 25644. As of the 2010 census, its population was 345. It was named for Sarah O'Toole, wife of coal company official Edward O'Toole, and Ann Shanklin, wife of the coal company's coal town doctor, Doctor Shanklin.

Shanklin Glacier

Shanklin Glacier (84°37′S 176°40′E) is a glacier in the Hughes Range of Antarctica, flowing southeast from Mount Waterman to enter Muck Glacier at a point 8 km (5 mi) west of Ramsey Glacier.

The glacier was named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) for CWO David M. Shanklin of the U.S. Army Aviation Detachment which supported the Texas Tech Shackleton Glacier Expedition, 1964-65.

Shanklin railway station

Shanklin railway station is a Grade II listed railway station serving Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. It is the present terminus of the Island Line from Ryde, although the line used to continue to Wroxall and Ventnor. The station now has one platform with a ticket office and a small shop with the second platform now in use as a flower bed. The former subway has been filled in.

Passengers can change onto Southern Vectis buses to Ventnor and St Lawrence.

Tom Shanklin

Tomos George Lesley Shanklin (born 24 November 1979 in Harrow, London) is a former Welsh rugby union player who played outside centre for Cardiff Blues and Wales. He played club rugby for London Welsh and then Saracens, before joining Cardiff Blues in 2003. Shanks can now be found following David Flatman around corporate events and appearing in the pub at Penarth.

The son of Jim Shanklin, who won four caps for Wales, Tom played for Wales at Under 19, Under 21 and Wales A levels and made his first international appearance for the senior side against Japan in Tokyo.

Wayne Shanklin

Wayne Shanklin was an American singer, songwriter and producer. His best known compositions were "Jezebel", "Chanson D'Amour (Song of Love)", and "The Big Hurt".

Whiteley Bank

Whiteley Bank, also spelled "Whitely Bank", is a small village or hamlet on the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom. It is located two miles west of Shanklin and five and a half miles (8.9 km) south-east of Newport. It is mainly known by the crossroads, now styled as a mini-roundabout, between the A3020, B3327 and Canteen Road to Apse Heath. Whiteley Bank is in Newchurch Parish.

Whiteley Bank is the home of the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. The Donkey Sanctuary was established in 1987 to provide a safe home for donkeys in distress. It currently houses about 200 animals. It was originally in Newport but had to be moved to Whiteley Bank to accommodate more animals. America Wood is a SSSI located between Whiteley Bank and Shanklin.

It is served by Southern Vectis buses on routes 2 and 3. There used to be a public telephone. Whiteley Bank House is a nursing home in Whiteley Bank.

Climate data for Shanklin, Isle of Wight 1981–2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.1
Average low °C (°F) 3.5
Average precipitation mm (inches) 90.8
Average precipitation days 13.1 9.8 10.4 9.1 8.2 7.6 6.9 7.4 8.9 12.7 12.7 12.9 119.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours 68.2 89.8 132.9 201.4 241.1 247.7 262.3 240.9 173.1 122.3 82.6 60.7 1,923
Source: Met Office[13]
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