Shanklin  Hampshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Shanklin like this:

SHANKLIN, a village and a parish in the S E of the Isle of Wight. The village stands in a vale, about 300 feet above sea-level, near the coast and near the Isle of Wight railway, 8 miles S by W of Ryde; was known, at Domesday, as Senchiz; was, till recently, a very lovely collection of retired cottages; is now a fashionable watering-place, with shops, villas, and terraces; enjoys a remarkably mild climate and very picturesque environs; and has a head post-office, ‡ designated Shanklin, Isle of Wight, a r. ...

station with telegraph, three good hotels, numerous lodging-houses, news-rooms, two churches, Independent and -Bible Christian chapels, and a national school. The old church is partly of the 12th century; and includes transepts, erected in 1859. The new church was built in 1868. The parish comprises 672 acres of land, and 130 of water. Real property, £3, 335. Pop. in 1851, 355; in 1861, 479. Houses, 96. The manor belonged, at Domesday, to Gosselin Fitz-Azor; and passed to the family of De Lisle. The manor-house stands to the N E of the church, and is a heavy-corniced and high-peaked building of the early part oflast century. The cottage inhabited by the authoress known as Home Lee is not far from the manor-house. S.down flanks the S side of the village vale; has often been asserted to be a growing-hill, as to both height and bulk; and is alleged to have attained an increased height of at least 100 feet since the former part of last century. S. chine flanks the shore immediately E of the village; is a romantic chasm, about 180 feet wide and 270 feet deep at the mouth, and about ½ a mile long; has rocky ledgy sides, covered with brushwood; and is traversed by a streamlet, wild and frolicsome, and making a fall ofabout 30 feet. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £47.* Patron, F. W. Popham, Esq.

Shanklin through time

Shanklin is now part of the Isle of Wight district. Click here for graphs and data of how the Isle of Wight has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Shanklin itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Shanklin, in The the Isle of Wight and Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 14th November 2019

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