Mottistone  Hampshire


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

MOTTISTON, a village and a parish in the Isle of Wight. The village stands on the S skirt of Mottiston Down, 1 mile from the coast, 1½ WNW of Brixton, and 5 SE of Yarmouth; was known, at Domesday, as Messetone; and now consists of a picturesque and scattered group of cottages. The parish contains also the hamlet of Fernfield and part of Chilton. ...

Post town, Brixton, under Newport, lsle of Wight. Acres, 1,107. Real property, £1,571. Pop., 160. Houses, 27. The property, with small exception, is all in one estate; belonged formerly to the Lisles, the Chekes, and the Leighs; and belongs now toSeely, Esq. The manor-house is a grey old building; was erected in 1557, by the Chekes; and is associated with the memory of Sir John Cheke, the tutor of Edward VI. Mottiston Down rises to an altitude of 698 feet; and has, on its S side, two Druidical stones,-the one 13 feet high, 6½ feet broad, 20 feet in girth, and little less than 30 tons in weight,- the other recumbent, 9¼ feet long and 4 feet broad. The living is a rectory, united with the vicarage of Shorwell, in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £392.* Patron, Brasenose College, Oxford. The church is a quaint and beautiful little building, of nave, aisles, and doublegabled chancel; was restored in 1864; and contains a large late altar-tomb, with an illegible inscription.

Mottistone through time

Mottistone 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 Mottistone itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 13th November 2019

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