Arreton, Isle of Wight, Hampshire Family History Guide

Arreton, in the Isle of Wight, is an Ancient Parish in the county of Hampshire.

Other places in the parish include: Biddlesford.

Alternative names: Atherton

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1653
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1780

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Gatcombe
  • Whippingham
  • Godshill
  • Newchurch
  • Carisbrooke St John
  • Wootton
  • Binstead
  • Barton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ARRETON, or Atherton, a village and a parish in the Isle of Wight. The village stands 2¾ miles SE of Newport; consists of a long straggling street, leading down to the river Main; and has a post office under Newport. The parish contains also the hamlet of Biddlesford. Acres, 8,833. Real property, £12,527.

Pop., 1,880. Houses, 385. Arreton Down, adjacent to the NW end of the village, forms part of the range of chalk hills, extending from Culver Cliff to the Needles; commands an extensive and very brilliant view; and is crowned by two barrows. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £220. Patron, J. Fleming, Esq. The church stands in a vale at the foot of the Down, at the head of the village; is an ancient structure, in mixed Norman and early English, with a low tower of perpendicular date; and contains some fine monuments of the family of Holmes, and a curious brass of a knight of 1430. It was one of the six churches given by Fitz-Osborne, soon after the Conquest, to the Abbey of Lire in Normandy. A school has £37 from endowment, and other charities £27. Elizabeth Wall bridge, the "Dairyman's Danghter" of the Rev. Leigh Richmond's well-known narrative, was a native. Her father's cottage is on the right of the road to Sandown; and her grave is in the churchyard, marked by a head stone, with an epitaph from the pen of her biographer, beginning,-

Stranger! if e'er by chance or feeling led,
Upon this hallowed turf thy footsteps tread,
Turn from the contemplation of the sod,
And think on her whose spirit rests with God.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


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County: Hampshire
Civil Registration District: Isle of Wight
Probate Court: Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Winchester
Diocese: Winchester
Rural Deanery: Pre-1850 - Isle of Wight, Post-1849 - East Medine
Poor Law Union: Isle of Wight
Hundred: East Medina Liberty
Province: Canterbury