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History, Gazetter, And Directory

Hampshire and The Isle Of Wight by William White 1859

Wootton, a small parish, between Fishbourne and King’s Quay Creeks, 3 miles West of Ryde, and 4 miles N.E. of Newport, contains 58 souls, about 1000 acres of land, and a small part of the large village of Wootton Bridge, which is mostly in Arreton parish, and partly in Binstead parish. This village is on the Fishbourne Creek, which has a small quay, and is crossed by a long, narrow causeway, on the Ryde and Newport road. There are several fishing boats in the creek, and vessels of 250 tons can get up to the Quay at high water. The causeway is more than 300 yards long, and dams up the tides that work the corn mill on its banks. Francis White Popham, Esq., is lord of the manor of Wootton, and resides at Wootton Lodge, a neat mansion, with pleasant grounds, commanding fine views of the Hampshire coast, on the opposite side of the channel; as also does Woodside, the pleasant marine residence of Henry George Hopkins, Esq. Wootton Church is an ancient structure, more than half a mile from Wootton Bridge, and has a new gallery, which was erected in 1859.

The benefice is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £6. 4s.2d. and now at £240, in the patronage of F. W. Popham, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Robert Hilton Scott, M.A., who has a good Rectory House, built in 1857, at the cost of about £1500. The tithes were commuted, in 1844, for £111 per annum; and the rector has 176 acres of glebe in the parishes of Wootton, Arreton, Chale, and Godshill. The Wesleyans and the Methodist Reformers have small Chapels at Wootton Bridge, where there is a Post Office, and from whence Wm. Furmidge’s Passage Boat leaves daily for Portsmouth. Letters via Southampton. In the following Directory of Wootton Bridge, those marked * are in Wootton Parish; # in Binstead Parish; and the others in Arreton Parish.

  • Alford Richd. blacksmith, Post Office
  • Blake James, stonemason
  • # Brading Stephen, builder
  • Brannon Geo., artist, engvr
  • Cooper James, corn miller
  • Cooper Robt. baker, shopkeeper
  • # Cooper Wm. builder
  • Dennis Ann, shopr. Common
  • Fullarton Lieut. John Campbell, R.N. Ivy Cottage
  • Furmidge Wm. boat owner
  • Gatrell John, shoemaker
  • Groundsell Wm. plumber
  • * Hawker Chas. boat builder
  • Hearn Mrs Mary Ann
  • Hopkins H.G. Esq. Woodside
  • Mew Edward, gentleman
  • * Lambert Wm. Fatting farm
  • * Popham Fras. White, Esq., Wootton Lodge
  • Saunders Stephen, carrier
  • Scott Rev. Robt.Hilton, M.A. rector, Rectory
  • Smith John, land surveyor
  • * White Miss, Wootton Lodge
  • Williams Edward, plumber, painter, and vict. Sloop
  • Williams Mariam, schoolmrs


  • Alford James, Balambs
  • Cooper Ann, Hayden’s farm
  • * Cooper Thos. Wootton farm
  • Harvey Wm. Chillerton

Many of the people mentioned appear in The Diary of Mary Ann Denham.

This page was last edited on: 26th January, 2022 17:50:30

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